PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP RALLY IN DULUTH - CUTS
1900 WH DULUTH RALLY CUTS FS24 80 PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP DELIVERS REMARKS AT A MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN RALLY, DULUTH, MINNESOTA JUNE 20, 2018 SPEAKERS: PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE PETE STAUBER, R-MINN. [*] TRUMP: Thank you. Thank you very much, Duluth. Thank you very much. (APPLAUSE) I am thrilled to be back in the great state of Minnesota... (APPLAUSE) ... with truly some of the most incredible people anywhere on Earth. You know that. (APPLAUSE) And, you know, I hate to bring this up... (LAUGHTER) ... but we came this close to winning the state of Minnesota. (APPLAUSE) And in two and a half years, it's going to be really easy, I think. (APPLAUSE) Been many, many decades since a Republican did that. I thought I was going to do it. I needed one more visit, one more speech. That's why never give up. Never, ever give up. One more speech. (APPLAUSE) Now, we're very proud of Minnesota. Let me also say congratulations to the Bulldogs on winning the NCAA Championship Hockey Tournament. (APPLAUSE) Wow. That's a big deal. Right in this arena, this is where they play, right? (APPLAUSE) I hear they're a great team. And how many are going to the NHL? How many? Two, three? That's a lot. They're going to do it. Great team. Thank you. Great team. The Bulldogs. (APPLAUSE) So, we're honored to be joined tonight by many wonderful Republican leaders, including our incredible House majority leader, Kevin McCarthy. Kevin, come up, please. Where is Kevin? (APPLAUSE) Kevin. (APPLAUSE) He sends a lot of money this way, I want to tell you. (APPLAUSE) I also want to thank and maybe just ask him to come up -- we have all night long, right? Do we have time? (APPLAUSE) All night. We're not going anywhere. (APPLAUSE) Some great people. Congressman Sean Duffy. (APPLAUSE) Great champion. Come up, Sean. Great champion. You know, the whole thing, going up the trees and down the trees. Number one in the world for four or five years. (APPLAUSE) With a great, great wife, by the way. Very talented. Tom Emmer. Congressman. Loves this state. (APPLAUSE) And a very popular man in the state of Minnesota, Jason Lewis. (APPLAUSE) I also want to thank Lieutenant Governor Michelle Fischbach for being here. (APPLAUSE) She has been so great. Got a big race coming along, it's going to do great. Along with State Senator Karin Housley. (APPLAUSE) Karin, come on up here. Get 'em up here. Where are you? Stay there, too much of a deal. Good luck. Karin, good luck. Michelle, thank you. Also a friend of mine and a man who's been incredible and a great supporter, Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka... (APPLAUSE) ... and Minnesota Republican Party Chair Jennifer Carnahan who has been fantastic. Thank you. (APPLAUSE) Thank you. And finally, the person we're all here to support tonight, somebody who's very special -- by the way, loves ice hockey... (LAUGHTER) ... real ice hockey family. In fact, his brother, you know, the coach of the winning women's team in the Olympics. Not bad. (APPLAUSE) Great family. The next congressman from Minnesota's 8th Congressional District, the great Pete Stauber. Come on up. (APPLAUSE) I'll tell you, is this a pretty good sendoff for Pete? This is not bad, right? (APPLAUSE) Hey, Pete. say a few words. He wasn't supposed to do this, but let's hear him, right? Come on. Come on. STAUBER: Thank you, Mr. President. Welcome to the city of Duluth and the great state of Minnesota... (APPLAUSE) ... and as he alluded to, the home of college hockey's national champions, the University of Minnesota, Duluth Bulldogs. (APPLAUSE) I'm Pete Stauber and I'm running in Minnesota's 8th Congressional district because, like President Trump, I love this country... (APPLAUSE) ... I love our freedoms... (APPLAUSE) ... and I love our Constitution. (APPLAUSE) Mr. President, before your election, you made a promise to visit Minnesota and you promised more jobs, fewer regulations and a better economy for everyone. (APPLAUSE) Now jobs are up, unemployment numbers are at a historic low, small businesses and manufacturers are surging... (APPLAUSE) ... and optimism is at an all-time high. (APPLAUSE) My blue-collar, common-sense conservative message is resonating throughout the 8th District. Mr. President, these people support you. (APPLAUSE) And, Mr. President, these are the same people that are going to send me to Washington, so together we can unleash the economic engine in Northern Minnesota. (APPLAUSE) On behalf of the Minnesotans here today, thank you for coming to our great state and for always putting America... (APPLAUSE) ... for always putting America and the American worker first. (APPLAUSE) Thank you. God bless America. Thank you very much. (APPLAUSE) (CROSSTALK) (APPLAUSE) TRUMP: So, I didn't know he was going to do that, and then he takes out his speech and reads it, and I said, "That's pretty good." (LAUGHTER) He is a great guy. And he loves you and he loves this country, And he's going to do fantastically. He's going to win. We're going to keep on winning. Remember, I used to say, in a little jest, but I really meant it, we are going to win so much. Remember? We are going to win, win, win. (APPLAUSE) That's what we are doing. Remember, I said, your governor, or your senator, or Pete, or somebody, they're going to come into Washington and say, "Mr. President, please, we are winning too much. The people of Minnesota cannot stand winning so much. Please, can we take it easy?" (APPLAUSE) And I said, "No. We're going to keep winning, winning, winning." (APPLAUSE) So, we've created 3.4 million new jobs since Election Day. (inaudible) (APPLAUSE) And I've said before, if I would have said that to you during the campaign, those very dishonest people back there, the fake news... (BOOING) ... very dishonest -- they would have said, "He's exaggerating." AUDIENCE: (inaudible) TRUMP: These are very dishonest people -- many of them, and we have fine people too doing that, but there's a lot of very dishonest people. For instance, I just got back, as you know, from Singapore, where I met... (APPLAUSE) ... where I met Kim Jong-un. And we had a great meeting. Great chemistry. We got along really well, which is very important. They didn't want us to, but they -- you know, it is like nice to do that. (LAUGHTER) And very interestingly, at first, everybody was amazed, amazed, that we had the meeting. They couldn't believe it. The first 24 hours, they said, "I can't believe it." You remember that, a while ago? They said, "They're going to meet." Then about a day later they said, "What's the big deal with the meeting? What's the big deal?" (LAUGHTER) In other words, their bosses said, "You can't say that." But the beauty (inaudible). So we had a meeting. It was an incredible success. And they said, "The president gave away so much. He met with them." I said, "What else?" That was -- I met. What am I supposed to do? I have to meet, right? "He met!" Now, sentence one says, "a total denuclearization of North Korea." (inaudible) (APPLAUSE) We got back our hostages. (APPLAUSE) And I didn't pay $1.8 billion to get back our hostages. (APPLAUSE) We got back our great fallen heroes -- the remains. In fact, today, already 200 have been sent back. (APPLAUSE) They stopped shooting missiles over Japan. They stopped all nuclear testing. They stopped nuclear research. They stopped rocketry. They stopped everything that you'd want them to stop. And they blew up sites where they test and do the testing. (APPLAUSE) And -- it was a great meeting. And Kim Jong-un will turn down -- and I will tell, he will turn -- Chairman Kim will turn that country into a great, successful country. (APPLAUSE) And let me tell you -- let me tell you -- let me tell you this: A year and a half ago, nobody thought that was possible. In fact, before I was elected, everybody assumed we were going to war. It would be a vicious war. In Seoul, you have 28 million people living 30 miles off the border. They don't even need nuclear weapons for that. They have thousands of cannons aiming right on top of Seoul. You could have lost millions and millions of people. But I got along with Kim Jong-un. I got along. (APPLAUSE) And that's a good thing, not a bad thing. (APPLAUSE) And these people -- you remember, I said, "I can't believe it. He's given away so much." You know what I gave away? A meeting. (inaudible) (APPLAUSE) And the fact that we do get along means we're safe. I'm not saying things can't happen: Things go wrong, mistakes are made, relationships get broken. But right now, you are so safe, and such a great event took place. And all over Asia... (APPLAUSE) All over Asia there, they are celebrating the great achievement that we made. Because you were the ones that put me here. We made -- that we made. (APPLAUSE) All over Asia. And really, all over the world. And by the way, in our country, everybody knows what a great achievement this is, not only for us, but for North Korea, for South Korea, for Japan, for China, for everybody. And I have to say, you know, you've been reading where I've been putting very large tariffs on China -- very, very large... (APPLAUSE) ... we hit the $250 billion mark. But I want to say, (inaudible) we have to do that, because it has to be balanced, it has to be fair. It wasn't fair. China and President Xi has really helped us a lot at the border of North Korea, really helped us a lot. And he's a friend of mine. He's a friend of mine. (APPLAUSE) So, you should be very proud of yourselves for what took place, because that was very close to war for many years. Many years, it was very, very close. And now we could have something where everybody is going to live in peace for a long period of time, and there will be denuclearization. (APPLAUSE) So that's the real story. Thank you. That's the real story. (APPLAUSE) That's the real story. So, unemployment numbers are among the best in the history of our country. African-American unemployment is at its lowest level in the history of our country. (APPLAUSE) Hispanic American unemployment has reached its lowest level ever recorded in the history of our country. (APPLAUSE) And remember, I'd go into big stadiums like this that were packed -- and by the way, you are very good at real estate. Did you see the thousands and thousands of people outside -- that will never be reported by the fake news -- but the thousands of people that couldn't get in? (APPLAUSE) Many thousands. They're all over. The parking lots, they're all over. And it would be great if the cameras could take a shot of the arena. (APPLAUSE) So, usually, they don't do it. And I usually go home and my wife will say, "How was the crowd?" Although, honestly, when you have many thousands of people, like we have tonight -- you know, I was at an event three weeks ago, where a person from the New York Times said there was only a thousand people. And the people -- the many thousands that were there protested. I didn't even have to do it. And they wrote a slight correction. They were off by many thousands of people. (APPLAUSE) That's the way it is -- it's fake news, I'm telling you. So fake. But usually they don't show the arena. They just show my face. So people would say, "Did you have many people there?" "Didn't you see?" "No, no. They've only showed your face." And we all have ego, but I don't want to show my face, I want to show the crowd; it's much prettier. (APPLAUSE) Because you people are incredible. Unemployment among women has reached the lowest level, as of today, in 65 years -- 65 years. (APPLAUSE) And most importantly of all, America is respected again. Really respected. (APPLAUSE) We are fighting to protect American iron, aluminum and steel, and to protect our incredible and very brave miners. (APPLAUSE) But I'll tell you, to keep this incredible momentum -- I think maybe the most successful that the country has ever had -- I think we are now at the most successful level that the country has ever seen. That's how we're doing. (APPLAUSE) And let me just tell you, because I hear a couple of the fakers the other day said, "Well, I think it's Obama's economy." Obama's economy? Obama? (BOOING) They want to put on more regulations, they want to take back your tax cuts -- which are massive -- they want to take them back, and they want to raise the hell out of your taxes, and the whole thing will go boom. (BOOING) So, we need more Republicans. We got to get out there in the midterm. We got to get more Republicans. We got to get more Republicans. (APPLAUSE) A vote for a Democrat for Congress is really a vote for Nancy Pelosi and her radical agenda. (BOOING) Democrats want to raise your taxes, increase your regulations, shut down American energy, take over American health care -- which has been a disaster with Obamacare -- and ship away American jobs. And that's what they will do. If anything bad happens to this country, it will be a disaster for all of you. But we're not going to let it happen. We worked too hard to get here. (APPLAUSE) And the greatest phrase, I think, in the history of politics is on all of those red and white hats that I see out there, "Make America Great Again." And that's exactly what we're doing. (APPLAUSE) Make America great again. And you know what our new phrase is in two and a half years? You know what it is, right? "Keep America Great." (APPLAUSE) That's what it is, because that's where we are. (APPLAUSE) So, the Democrats want open borders. "Let everybody come in." (BOOING) "Let everybody pour in, we don't care. Let 'em come in from the Middle East. Let 'em come in from all over the place. We don't care." We're not going to let it happen. And by the way, today, I signed an executive order: We're going to keep families together, but the border is going to be just as tough as it's been. (APPLAUSE) Democrats don't care about the impact of uncontrolled migration on your communities, your schools, your hospitals, your jobs or your safety. Democrats put illegal immigrants before they put American citizens. What the hell is going on? (BOOING) Illegal immigration costs our country hundreds of billions of dollars. So imagine if we could spend that money to help bring opportunity to our inner cities and our rural communities and our roads and our highways and our schools. AUDIENCE: Build that wall! Build that wall! Build that wall! TRUMP: So, we've already started the wall. We got $1.6 billion. The wall has been started. San Diego and lots of different places. And we go -- but, boy, it's tough. They want to do anything they can to obstruct and to make sure it doesn't happen. But it's happening. It's happening. But we have a single protester there. There we go. Goodbye, darling. Goodbye, darling. (BOOING) So, we have a single protester. He's going home to his mom. Say hello to mommy. (APPLAUSE) And tomorrow -- the fake news will say tomorrow, "Massive protests at the Trump rally." (LAUGHTER) One person. Massive protests. Aiy, aiy, aiy. (APPLAUSE) We're going to make it great for Americans. And we're going to take care of people. And we do want people coming across our border, going through our ports of entry. But we want people to come in through merit, not just through luck or happenstance. We want them to come in through merit. (APPLAUSE) And we need people, because we have so many companies now -- and you know very well in Minnesota what's happening. They just gave me a run-through what's happening in Minnesota. It's incredible. But we have so many companies moving back into our country, we need people to help. But we want them to come in through the merit system, not a system where we get MS-13 and everybody else that other countries don't want. (APPLAUSE) And the Democrats' open border policies have also allowed MS-13 to break into our country, and drugs to pour into our streets. And we're stopping it. (BOOING) We have taken out of our country -- and actually, can you believe I have to say this? We have liberated towns. Liberated, like it was captured by a foreign country. We have liberated towns out in Long Island. (APPLAUSE) MS-13 gangs, we have taken them out of our country by the thousands. (APPLAUSE) And these countries that send them back, we're putting in legislation, we're not giving them any more aid when they send people up. Remember the original speech, right? My original speech. "They are sending" -- you remember those words? Everyone said, "How terrible." "They are sending." Well, let me tell you, they're sending, and they're not sending their finest, that I can tell you. (APPLAUSE) And we are sending them the hell back. And what we're doing... (APPLAUSE) What we're doing, we give hundreds of millions of dollars of aid to countries. We have a horrible deal, as an example, with NAFTA and Mexico. Horrible deal. (BOOING) They make over $100 billion on that horrible trade deal where factories were emptied, so many bad things have happened. And we're going to make it a part of NAFTA. Because you have to mark up (ph) thousands of miles coming through Mexico, you come up thousands of miles coming through Mexico, and we're going to stop it. (APPLAUSE) Get 'em out of here. Get 'em out of here. (BOOING) Go to home to your mom, darling. Go home. Get 'em out of here. Out. AUDIENCE: USA! USA! USA! TRUMP: Was that a man or a woman? Because he needs a haircut more than I do. (APPLAUSE) Couldn't tell. Couldn't tell. I couldn't tell. He needs a haircut. But the media never talks about the American victims of illegal immigration. I know them well. I know so many of them. I campaigned with them -- what's happened to their children, what's happened to their husbands, what's happened to their wives. The media does not talk about the American families permanently separated from their loved ones because Democrat policies released violent criminals into our communities. We need safety. (BOOING) We need safety. They don't bring cameras to interview the angel moms whose children were killed by criminal aliens who should have never been here in the first place. Not even close. (APPLAUSE) They don't want to talk to the angel mom. But as your president, I will always fight to protect American families. Always. (APPLAUSE) I will always fight for an immigration system that defends our borders and takes care of our sovereignty as a nation. (APPLAUSE) I will never sacrifice the safety and security of the American people. And I will never be silent in the face of vicious smears and attacks. And the heroic agents and offices of ICE and the Border Patrol who save millions, just the job they do; save thousands and thousands of lives, and are so brave, and are so tough. (APPLAUSE) If you want to create a humane, lawful system of immigration, then you need to retire the Democrats and elect Republicans to finally secure our borders. (APPLAUSE) Because we need Democrat votes. We have a majority of one in the Senate. We need Democrat votes in the Senate. We need additional votes in the House. We will have the greatest borders, the greatest walls -- we've already started -- but it's a lot tougher than it needs to be. We need Republicans to get out and put Republicans in. In case -- in case you don't know, in the Senate, we need, unfortunately, 60 votes. We have 51 votes. We need Democrats. They will do anything to obstruct, anything to make it as uncomfortable as possible. Because they think it's good politics. I actually think it's bad politics. We will see very soon. (APPLAUSE) We're building it. We are building the wall. That wall is happening. Under the previous administration, America's rich natural resources -- of which your state has a lot -- were put under lock and key, including thousands of acres in Superior National Forest. You know what that is, right? (APPLAUSE) Tonight, I'm proudly announcing that we will soon be taking the first steps to rescind the federal withdrawal in Superior National Forest, and restore mineral exploration for our amazing people and miners and workers and for the people of Minnesota. (APPLAUSE) One of the great natural reserves of the world. And we'll do it carefully. And maybe, if it doesn't pass muster, we won't do it all. But it is going to happen, I will tell you. It's going to happen. And it's happening fast. (APPLAUSE) We've already taken it, as you know, a long way down the road. And it's going to make things better. It's going to make it, from an environmental standpoint, better. As a result of our massive tax cuts, millions of Americans are receiving much bigger paychecks -- much bigger. (APPLAUSE) We've eliminated record numbers of job-killing regulations. By the way -- so a few days ago, it was 500 days, so now, it's like 511 -- in 500 days, we've cut more regulations than any president in the history of our country, whether it is four years, eight years, or, in one year... (APPLAUSE) ... in one case, 16 years. We have cut more regulations in 500 days than any president -- even our 16-year president. We have opened up energy exploration in ANWR in Alaska. (APPLAUSE) They have been trying to do that from before the days of Ronald Reagan. Couldn't get it done. We repealed the core of Obamacare. The individual mandate is gone -- so unpopular. (APPLAUSE) The individual mandate, where you pay a fortune for the privilege of not paying for insurance for health care -- let me tell you, we just repealed it. You don't have to pay anymore. So big. So big. (APPLAUSE) And we would have repealed and replaced Obamacare, although we have got a long way -- we are doing that anyway; we just had to do it in a longer route -- because we had a gentleman, late into the morning hours, go "thumbs down." That was not a good thing he did. That was not good thing for our people, for our country, whether you are a Democrat or Republican. And everybody said, "Good, we have his vote. We have everybody's vote." We were going in for a routine repeal and replace. And he went, "thumbs down." Not nice. That was not nice. We are bringing back our jobs from other countries. We are bringing back our companies from other countries. Chrysler is coming back. Chrysler just announced they are coming back. (APPLAUSE) Many, many companies are coming back to our country. They know where the action is. This is where they want to be. And, as far as trade is concerned with other countries, we want fair and reciprocal trade. We don't want stupid trade, like we had for so long. Stupid trade. (APPLAUSE) Remember the word "reciprocal." Remember the word "reciprocal." We have been ripped off by almost every country on Earth, our friends and our enemies. And I hate to say it: Our friends do a bigger and better job than the enemies. But those days are over. Those days are over. (APPLAUSE) And, even before we finish off with the trade deals -- and we will finish off with the trade deals -- people don't realize we have the cards because we are the piggy bank that everybody was robbing for 30 years. We're like the piggy bank. "Let's go get some more." You look at the European Union -- they put up barriers so that we can't sell our Ford products in, and yet they sell Mercedes and BMW, and the cars come in by the millions, and we hardly tax them at all. They don't take our cars. And, if they do, the tax is massive. So, they're basically saying, "We are going to sell you millions of cars. By the way, you're not going to sell us any." Not going to work that way anymore, folks. Not going to work that way. (APPLAUSE) We will not be taken advantage of anymore. We're a great country. We're going to be an even greater country, hopefully greater than we've ever been before. We have such potential. (APPLAUSE) We just secured a record $700 billion in funding to rebuild our military, which was in very sad shape. (APPLAUSE) And we have approval for next year, $716 billion. We're ordering new planes -- we make the best in the world. We're ordering new ships. We're ordering new military equipment. And we even gave our great warriors a raise. (APPLAUSE) Gave them a raise. For the veterans, we passed the largest V.A. reforms in half a century, a landmark V.A. accountability law -- you know what that is? You couldn't fire anybody that worked in the V.A. They were sadistic, in some cases. They were lazy. They were this -- they were lots of different things. You could never fire anybody because the accountability -- you could forget it. So we passed a bill that they have been trying to pass for almost 40 years. It's called V.A. Accountability, where, now, you bring the person into the office and you say, "Jim, I'm sorry to tell you, you're fired. Get out of here." Boom. (APPLAUSE) Right? And, even more important -- and I didn't think I'd be saying this so soon, because I would campaign on this -- I used to go out during the campaigns -- and you know, because I was in Minnesota a lot -- but, obviously, one more trip -- that won't happen again. (APPLAUSE) But one that's really important to me -- and I used to say to myself, "I wonder why doctors don't just take care of our great vets." We just passed Veterans Choice legislation -- passed, signed. (APPLAUSE) That gives our veterans the care they deserve, the care they earned. Now, look, so our veterans were waiting on line for nine days, for 12 days, for three weeks. Someone on line with a minor problem -- they ended up having a terminal disease. Now, I said, during the campaign, before I knew too much about it -- but there's a lot of common sense in life. I say, "Instead of one of our great veterans waiting for two, three, four, five weeks, why don't we let them go see a doctor and pay the bill?" And that's what we're doing. That's Veterans Choice. (APPLAUSE) That's Veterans Choice. And, you know, I went to people, I thought -- I thought, "I think I'm such a genius, OK." I thought this was, like, the greatest idea. But I went to the vet groups, I went to everybody -- "Yeah, we've been trying to get that passed, sir, for 30 years." OK. I didn't know that. But what I did know is I do have to get it passed, and we got it passed... (APPLAUSE) ... two weeks ago. And, by the way, we passed another one. It's called Right to Try. You know what Right to Try is? Very proud of it. Right to Try -- these are people that are terminally ill. It's sad. They travel all over the world, if they have the money. If they don't, they don't know what to do. If we have drugs that haven't been approved yet, but are showing tremendous promise, it didn't matter. It didn't matter how sick you were, where you were, you couldn't get it. And the reason was, they didn't want to do anything that's going to hurt you. You're not going to be around for five weeks. In five weeks -- I kept saying, "Why can't we do something?" If people had the money, they travel to Africa, to Asia, to Europe trying to find the cure. It was called hope. They wanted hope, and they couldn't get it. I said, "It's ridiculous." I got involved -- and this is also -- like Veterans Choice, for many years, people have tried to pass it. And Kevin was a great help. I have to tell you, Kevin McCarthy, who just left the stage, was a great help. So were your congressmen -- a great help. (APPLAUSE) And we got Right to Try passed and, four weeks ago, I signed final legislation, and we are very proud of it. (APPLAUSE) And many people are going to be saved. Many, many people are going to be saved. And you'd think it would be easy, but it wasn't. Between the insurance companies and the health care companies and the pharmaceutical companies, it was incredible. But we did that. And now we're bringing down the prices for prescription drugs -- way down. (APPLAUSE) So we've made this incredible progress together with your help -- with the help of the millions and millions of people that -- well, some polls got it right, but not all polls got it right -- but they showed up. And, the beginning of that night, people were saying, "You know, this could be a big problem for the Democrats." They were not liking what they were seeing. They were seeing too many of those hats. They were seeing too many people with... (APPLAUSE) ... you know that. That was an amazing evening. That was one of the most incredible evenings, because that's a movement the likes of which this country has never seen before -- this country has never seen. (APPLAUSE) You know, we talk about the forgotten men and women. They're the smartest people. They work the hardest. They pay taxes. They do all of the things. And yet, they were the forgotten people. And, believe me, our people are the smartest and the hardest working -- smarter than anybody and the hardest working. (APPLAUSE) You know, a little thing I was talking about today -- you ever notice, they always call the other side -- and they do this sometimes (ph) -- the elite? "The elite." Why are they elite? I have a much better apartment and they do. (APPLAUSE) I'm smarter than they are. I'm richer than they are. (APPLAUSE) I became president and they didn't. (APPLAUSE) And I am representing the greatest, smartest, most loyal, best people on Earth -- the deplorables. Remember that? The deplorables. (APPLAUSE) You know, I was watching when Crooked Hillary made -- and, by the way, is it -- hey, excuse me, have you been seeing -- have you been watching what has been going on with the inspector general's report -- what a scam this whole thing is? OK, how guilty is she? (APPLAUSE) With Peter Strzok and his lover, Lisa Page -- I don't think their wife and husband are too happy about that. What do you think? What do you think? I don't think so. No, but have you been seeing this whole scam? Have you been -- do you believe what you're seeing, how, no matter what she did, no matter how many crimes she's committed, which were numerous, they wanted her to be innocent. With me, nothing. No collusion, no nothing. And they just wanted to take all of us -- they wanted to put us in trouble. And it's not working too well, I'll tell you. Disgusting. (APPLAUSE) It's called (ph) a phony witch hunt, phony witch hunt. But you look at the corruption -- did you ever see anything like it, really? Today, more things -- that's why they're building up immigration, so you can't see what is going on in Congress. They're building up immigration. They don't want to show what is happening in Congress, where this whole scam has been revealed. So they want to stay on immigration, where Obama had bigger problems than anybody, where Bush had problems, where other -- they want to stay on immigration because they don't want to go into the halls of Congress, which has totally revealed the Russian scam that's going on. (APPLAUSE) What a group. What a group. I'll tell you something. We want to get along with Russia, but Russia is looking out and saying, "Man, I wish she won. Between our military, our oil that we're doing -- she wanted to have windmills. You know? We want to compete with you (ph)" -- all the things we've done -- All the things we've done, including sanctions -- so many things -- they're looking back; they're saying, "You know, I wish Crooked Hillary won that election. It would have been a lot better for Russia." So what we want to do is we want to elect more Republicans so that we can deliver on all of the things I'm talking about. And I'll be honest with you, we're going to deliver anyway. We're going to deliver anyway. (APPLAUSE) We're going to lift millions of Americans from welfare to work, from dependence to independence and from poverty to prosperity. We are going to lift them. (APPLAUSE) You know, one of the greatest things about all the jobs we've created -- to me, the greatest -- is that people, now, don't get stuck in one job and they hate it, they don't want to get up in the morning. They have many, many options. They can go out. Wages are rising. It's a beautiful thing taking place. They can get something. I've always said -- you know, when I make speeches on how to be successful, I always say, like, the first thing, "You've got to love it. You've got to love your job or you're never going to be good." These people, now, that didn't have any options -- they were hanging onto one job that they hated -- they have many, many choices. They get the job they want. And, for the first time in 20 years, wages are rising. (APPLAUSE) We're going to build new airports, and we're going to build railways and highways and waterways all across this magnificent land. We have spent, because of horrible decision-making, $7 trillion in the Middle East. Think of it -- $7 trillion. And, if we want to fix a window, it's, like, a big deal. $7 trillion -- it's all coming back. Remember, during the debates, I talked about growth. "Growth, we need growth." Nobody has ever seen growth like we're having right now. When I go around and meet foreign leaders, they all congratulate me. "Mr. President, congratulations on the growth of the United States. Congratulations." Every one of them. (APPLAUSE) The first thing they say, first thing they say. By the way, is there anything more fun than a Trump rally? Is there (ph)... (APPLAUSE) And we break every attendance record every single time, just about. (APPLAUSE) We're going to put new steel into the backbone of our country and we're going to make that steel right here in the United Dates. (APPLAUSE) We're going to breathe new hope into our communities. And our workers are already so proud again. We will do it all with American hands and American heart and American pride. And, everything we do, we will stand up for our citizens. We will fight for our country. We will stand up for America. And we're going to stand up for the great state of Minnesota, and you're seeing that. (APPLAUSE) Your great state was pioneered by men and women who braved the wilderness and the winters to build a better life for themselves and for their incredible families. They were really tough, and they really smart and strong. (APPLAUSE) They didn't have a lot of money. They didn't have a lot of luxury, but they had grit and they had faith and they had courage and they had each other, right? (APPLAUSE) They were miners and ministers and fishermen and farmers and shipbuilders and shopkeepers. But they all had one thing in common: they loved their families, they loved their country and they loved their God. (APPLAUSE) Together, we're renewing the miracle of the great American Midwest. Do you remember, not so long ago, we were producing those cars and we were producing all of this stuff? And, since then, so many companies went to Mexico and went to other places. As I said before, they are coming back and they're coming back faster than anybody could ever believe. (APPLAUSE) We're standing on the shoulders of great American patriots who put down the railroads, built up the highways and dug out the most amazing Panama Canal, losing thousands of lives in doing it. They crossed the oceans, trekked the deserts, scaled the mountains, created the most incredible republic the world has ever seen. And you know what? Our republic today is prouder and greater than it ever was before. (APPLAUSE) Our beautiful ancestors won two world wars, defeated fascism and communism and put a man on the face of the moon. And I think you saw, the other day, we're reopening NASA. We're going to be going to space. (APPLAUSE) AUDIENCE: Space Force! Space Force! Space Force! TRUMP: Space Force. Space Force. So we have the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the Marines, the Coast Guard -- but we have the Air Force; now, we're going to have the Space Force, because it's a whole... (APPLAUSE) ... we need it. We need it. As long as we are proud of who we are and what we are fighting for, we will never, ever fail. There is no place like our place. There is no place. (APPLAUSE) With your help and with your voice and with your vote, the Republicans will win and keep on winning. We will keep on winning. (APPLAUSE) We have great people, and Pete is a great guy. You've got to get him a victory. A great guy. Got to get Pete a victory. You've got to get him a victory. We need him. We will achieve victory for our magnificent country and our magnificent land, the land that we love, because we are Americans and our hearts bleed red, white and blue. (APPLAUSE) We will never give in, we will never give up and we will never, ever stop fighting for our country or for our flag or for our freedom. (APPLAUSE) We are one people, one family and one glorious nation under God. And, together, we will make America wealthy again. We will make America strong again. We will make America safe again. And we will make America great again. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, Minnesota. Thank you, Minnesota. (APPLAUSE) END
High School Hockey Fight (2000)
Fight breaks out between Park Center and Duluth East during a Minnesota High School hockey game.
Hockey - Players
SENIOR CITIZENS GOT TOGETHER FOR AN UNUSUAL REUNION...A HOCKEY MEETING.
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP RALLY IN DULUTH - STIX 1900
1900 WH DULUTH RALLY STIX FS23 79 PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP DELIVERS REMARKS AT A MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN RALLY, DULUTH, MINNESOTA JUNE 20, 2018 SPEAKERS: PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE PETE STAUBER, R-MINN. [*] TRUMP: Thank you. Thank you very much, Duluth. Thank you very much. (APPLAUSE) I am thrilled to be back in the great state of Minnesota... (APPLAUSE) ... with truly some of the most incredible people anywhere on Earth. You know that. (APPLAUSE) And, you know, I hate to bring this up... (LAUGHTER) ... but we came this close to winning the state of Minnesota. (APPLAUSE) And in two and a half years, it's going to be really easy, I think. (APPLAUSE) Been many, many decades since a Republican did that. I thought I was going to do it. I needed one more visit, one more speech. That's why never give up. Never, ever give up. One more speech. (APPLAUSE) Now, we're very proud of Minnesota. Let me also say congratulations to the Bulldogs on winning the NCAA Championship Hockey Tournament. (APPLAUSE) Wow. That's a big deal. Right in this arena, this is where they play, right? (APPLAUSE) I hear they're a great team. And how many are going to the NHL? How many? Two, three? That's a lot. They're going to do it. Great team. Thank you. Great team. The Bulldogs. (APPLAUSE) So, we're honored to be joined tonight by many wonderful Republican leaders, including our incredible House majority leader, Kevin McCarthy. Kevin, come up, please. Where is Kevin? (APPLAUSE) Kevin. (APPLAUSE) He sends a lot of money this way, I want to tell you. (APPLAUSE) I also want to thank and maybe just ask him to come up -- we have all night long, right? Do we have time? (APPLAUSE) All night. We're not going anywhere. (APPLAUSE) Some great people. Congressman Sean Duffy. (APPLAUSE) Great champion. Come up, Sean. Great champion. You know, the whole thing, going up the trees and down the trees. Number one in the world for four or five years. (APPLAUSE) With a great, great wife, by the way. Very talented. Tom Emmer. Congressman. Loves this state. (APPLAUSE) And a very popular man in the state of Minnesota, Jason Lewis. (APPLAUSE) I also want to thank Lieutenant Governor Michelle Fischbach for being here. (APPLAUSE) She has been so great. Got a big race coming along, it's going to do great. Along with State Senator Karin Housley. (APPLAUSE) Karin, come on up here. Get 'em up here. Where are you? Stay there, too much of a deal. Good luck. Karin, good luck. Michelle, thank you. Also a friend of mine and a man who's been incredible and a great supporter, Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka... (APPLAUSE) ... and Minnesota Republican Party Chair Jennifer Carnahan who has been fantastic. Thank you. (APPLAUSE) Thank you. And finally, the person we're all here to support tonight, somebody who's very special -- by the way, loves ice hockey... (LAUGHTER) ... real ice hockey family. In fact, his brother, you know, the coach of the winning women's team in the Olympics. Not bad. (APPLAUSE) Great family. The next congressman from Minnesota's 8th Congressional District, the great Pete Stauber. Come on up. (APPLAUSE) I'll tell you, is this a pretty good sendoff for Pete? This is not bad, right? (APPLAUSE) Hey, Pete. say a few words. He wasn't supposed to do this, but let's hear him, right? Come on. Come on. STAUBER: Thank you, Mr. President. Welcome to the city of Duluth and the great state of Minnesota... (APPLAUSE) ... and as he alluded to, the home of college hockey's national champions, the University of Minnesota, Duluth Bulldogs. (APPLAUSE) I'm Pete Stauber and I'm running in Minnesota's 8th Congressional district because, like President Trump, I love this country... (APPLAUSE) ... I love our freedoms... (APPLAUSE) ... and I love our Constitution. (APPLAUSE) Mr. President, before your election, you made a promise to visit Minnesota and you promised more jobs, fewer regulations and a better economy for everyone. (APPLAUSE) Now jobs are up, unemployment numbers are at a historic low, small businesses and manufacturers are surging... (APPLAUSE) ... and optimism is at an all-time high. (APPLAUSE) My blue-collar, common-sense conservative message is resonating throughout the 8th District. Mr. President, these people support you. (APPLAUSE) And, Mr. President, these are the same people that are going to send me to Washington, so together we can unleash the economic engine in Northern Minnesota. (APPLAUSE) On behalf of the Minnesotans here today, thank you for coming to our great state and for always putting America... (APPLAUSE) ... for always putting America and the American worker first. (APPLAUSE) Thank you. God bless America. Thank you very much. (APPLAUSE) (CROSSTALK) (APPLAUSE) TRUMP: So, I didn't know he was going to do that, and then he takes out his speech and reads it, and I said, "That's pretty good." (LAUGHTER) He is a great guy. And he loves you and he loves this country, And he's going to do fantastically. He's going to win. We're going to keep on winning. Remember, I used to say, in a little jest, but I really meant it, we are going to win so much. Remember? We are going to win, win, win. (APPLAUSE) That's what we are doing. Remember, I said, your governor, or your senator, or Pete, or somebody, they're going to come into Washington and say, "Mr. President, please, we are winning too much. The people of Minnesota cannot stand winning so much. Please, can we take it easy?" (APPLAUSE) And I said, "No. We're going to keep winning, winning, winning." (APPLAUSE) So, we've created 3.4 million new jobs since Election Day. (inaudible) (APPLAUSE) And I've said before, if I would have said that to you during the campaign, those very dishonest people back there, the fake news... (BOOING) ... very dishonest -- they would have said, "He's exaggerating." AUDIENCE: (inaudible) TRUMP: These are very dishonest people -- many of them, and we have fine people too doing that, but there's a lot of very dishonest people. For instance, I just got back, as you know, from Singapore, where I met... (APPLAUSE) ... where I met Kim Jong-un. And we had a great meeting. Great chemistry. We got along really well, which is very important. They didn't want us to, but they -- you know, it is like nice to do that. (LAUGHTER) And very interestingly, at first, everybody was amazed, amazed, that we had the meeting. They couldn't believe it. The first 24 hours, they said, "I can't believe it." You remember that, a while ago? They said, "They're going to meet." Then about a day later they said, "What's the big deal with the meeting? What's the big deal?" (LAUGHTER) In other words, their bosses said, "You can't say that." But the beauty (inaudible). So we had a meeting. It was an incredible success. And they said, "The president gave away so much. He met with them." I said, "What else?" That was -- I met. What am I supposed to do? I have to meet, right? "He met!" Now, sentence one says, "a total denuclearization of North Korea." (inaudible) (APPLAUSE) We got back our hostages. (APPLAUSE) And I didn't pay $1.8 billion to get back our hostages. (APPLAUSE) We got back our great fallen heroes -- the remains. In fact, today, already 200 have been sent back. (APPLAUSE) They stopped shooting missiles over Japan. They stopped all nuclear testing. They stopped nuclear research. They stopped rocketry. They stopped everything that you'd want them to stop. And they blew up sites where they test and do the testing. (APPLAUSE) And -- it was a great meeting. And Kim Jong-un will turn down -- and I will tell, he will turn -- Chairman Kim will turn that country into a great, successful country. (APPLAUSE) And let me tell you -- let me tell you -- let me tell you this: A year and a half ago, nobody thought that was possible. In fact, before I was elected, everybody assumed we were going to war. It would be a vicious war. In Seoul, you have 28 million people living 30 miles off the border. They don't even need nuclear weapons for that. They have thousands of cannons aiming right on top of Seoul. You could have lost millions and millions of people. But I got along with Kim Jong-un. I got along. (APPLAUSE) And that's a good thing, not a bad thing. (APPLAUSE) And these people -- you remember, I said, "I can't believe it. He's given away so much." You know what I gave away? A meeting. (inaudible) (APPLAUSE) And the fact that we do get along means we're safe. I'm not saying things can't happen: Things go wrong, mistakes are made, relationships get broken. But right now, you are so safe, and such a great event took place. And all over Asia... (APPLAUSE) All over Asia there, they are celebrating the great achievement that we made. Because you were the ones that put me here. We made -- that we made. (APPLAUSE) All over Asia. And really, all over the world. And by the way, in our country, everybody knows what a great achievement this is, not only for us, but for North Korea, for South Korea, for Japan, for China, for everybody. And I have to say, you know, you've been reading where I've been putting very large tariffs on China -- very, very large... (APPLAUSE) ... we hit the $250 billion mark. But I want to say, (inaudible) we have to do that, because it has to be balanced, it has to be fair. It wasn't fair. China and President Xi has really helped us a lot at the border of North Korea, really helped us a lot. And he's a friend of mine. He's a friend of mine. (APPLAUSE) So, you should be very proud of yourselves for what took place, because that was very close to war for many years. Many years, it was very, very close. And now we could have something where everybody is going to live in peace for a long period of time, and there will be denuclearization. (APPLAUSE) So that's the real story. Thank you. That's the real story. (APPLAUSE) That's the real story. So, unemployment numbers are among the best in the history of our country. African-American unemployment is at its lowest level in the history of our country. (APPLAUSE) Hispanic American unemployment has reached its lowest level ever recorded in the history of our country. (APPLAUSE) And remember, I'd go into big stadiums like this that were packed -- and by the way, you are very good at real estate. Did you see the thousands and thousands of people outside -- that will never be reported by the fake news -- but the thousands of people that couldn't get in? (APPLAUSE) Many thousands. They're all over. The parking lots, they're all over. And it would be great if the cameras could take a shot of the arena. (APPLAUSE) So, usually, they don't do it. And I usually go home and my wife will say, "How was the crowd?" Although, honestly, when you have many thousands of people, like we have tonight -- you know, I was at an event three weeks ago, where a person from the New York Times said there was only a thousand people. And the people -- the many thousands that were there protested. I didn't even have to do it. And they wrote a slight correction. They were off by many thousands of people. (APPLAUSE) That's the way it is -- it's fake news, I'm telling you. So fake. But usually they don't show the arena. They just show my face. So people would say, "Did you have many people there?" "Didn't you see?" "No, no. They've only showed your face." And we all have ego, but I don't want to show my face, I want to show the crowd; it's much prettier. (APPLAUSE) Because you people are incredible. Unemployment among women has reached the lowest level, as of today, in 65 years -- 65 years. (APPLAUSE) And most importantly of all, America is respected again. Really respected. (APPLAUSE) We are fighting to protect American iron, aluminum and steel, and to protect our incredible and very brave miners. (APPLAUSE) But I'll tell you, to keep this incredible momentum -- I think maybe the most successful that the country has ever had -- I think we are now at the most successful level that the country has ever seen. That's how we're doing. (APPLAUSE) And let me just tell you, because I hear a couple of the fakers the other day said, "Well, I think it's Obama's economy." Obama's economy? Obama? (BOOING) They want to put on more regulations, they want to take back your tax cuts -- which are massive -- they want to take them back, and they want to raise the hell out of your taxes, and the whole thing will go boom. (BOOING) So, we need more Republicans. We got to get out there in the midterm. We got to get more Republicans. We got to get more Republicans. (APPLAUSE) A vote for a Democrat for Congress is really a vote for Nancy Pelosi and her radical agenda. (BOOING) Democrats want to raise your taxes, increase your regulations, shut down American energy, take over American health care -- which has been a disaster with Obamacare -- and ship away American jobs. And that's what they will do. If anything bad happens to this country, it will be a disaster for all of you. But we're not going to let it happen. We worked too hard to get here. (APPLAUSE) And the greatest phrase, I think, in the history of politics is on all of those red and white hats that I see out there, "Make America Great Again." And that's exactly what we're doing. (APPLAUSE) Make America great again. And you know what our new phrase is in two and a half years? You know what it is, right? "Keep America Great." (APPLAUSE) That's what it is, because that's where we are. (APPLAUSE) So, the Democrats want open borders. "Let everybody come in." (BOOING) "Let everybody pour in, we don't care. Let 'em come in from the Middle East. Let 'em come in from all over the place. We don't care." We're not going to let it happen. And by the way, today, I signed an executive order: We're going to keep families together, but the border is going to be just as tough as it's been. (APPLAUSE) Democrats don't care about the impact of uncontrolled migration on your communities, your schools, your hospitals, your jobs or your safety. Democrats put illegal immigrants before they put American citizens. What the hell is going on? (BOOING) Illegal immigration costs our country hundreds of billions of dollars. So imagine if we could spend that money to help bring opportunity to our inner cities and our rural communities and our roads and our highways and our schools. AUDIENCE: Build that wall! Build that wall! Build that wall! TRUMP: So, we've already started the wall. We got $1.6 billion. The wall has been started. San Diego and lots of different places. And we go -- but, boy, it's tough. They want to do anything they can to obstruct and to make sure it doesn't happen. But it's happening. It's happening. But we have a single protester there. There we go. Goodbye, darling. Goodbye, darling. (BOOING) So, we have a single protester. He's going home to his mom. Say hello to mommy. (APPLAUSE) And tomorrow -- the fake news will say tomorrow, "Massive protests at the Trump rally." (LAUGHTER) One person. Massive protests. Aiy, aiy, aiy. (APPLAUSE) We're going to make it great for Americans. And we're going to take care of people. And we do want people coming across our border, going through our ports of entry. But we want people to come in through merit, not just through luck or happenstance. We want them to come in through merit. (APPLAUSE) And we need people, because we have so many companies now -- and you know very well in Minnesota what's happening. They just gave me a run-through what's happening in Minnesota. It's incredible. But we have so many companies moving back into our country, we need people to help. But we want them to come in through the merit system, not a system where we get MS-13 and everybody else that other countries don't want. (APPLAUSE) And the Democrats' open border policies have also allowed MS-13 to break into our country, and drugs to pour into our streets. And we're stopping it. (BOOING) We have taken out of our country -- and actually, can you believe I have to say this? We have liberated towns. Liberated, like it was captured by a foreign country. We have liberated towns out in Long Island. (APPLAUSE) MS-13 gangs, we have taken them out of our country by the thousands. (APPLAUSE) And these countries that send them back, we're putting in legislation, we're not giving them any more aid when they send people up. Remember the original speech, right? My original speech. "They are sending" -- you remember those words? Everyone said, "How terrible." "They are sending." Well, let me tell you, they're sending, and they're not sending their finest, that I can tell you. (APPLAUSE) And we are sending them the hell back. And what we're doing... (APPLAUSE) What we're doing, we give hundreds of millions of dollars of aid to countries. We have a horrible deal, as an example, with NAFTA and Mexico. Horrible deal. (BOOING) They make over $100 billion on that horrible trade deal where factories were emptied, so many bad things have happened. And we're going to make it a part of NAFTA. Because you have to mark up (ph) thousands of miles coming through Mexico, you come up thousands of miles coming through Mexico, and we're going to stop it. (APPLAUSE) Get 'em out of here. Get 'em out of here. (BOOING) Go to home to your mom, darling. Go home. Get 'em out of here. Out. AUDIENCE: USA! USA! USA! TRUMP: Was that a man or a woman? Because he needs a haircut more than I do. (APPLAUSE) Couldn't tell. Couldn't tell. I couldn't tell. He needs a haircut. But the media never talks about the American victims of illegal immigration. I know them well. I know so many of them. I campaigned with them -- what's happened to their children, what's happened to their husbands, what's happened to their wives. The media does not talk about the American families permanently separated from their loved ones because Democrat policies released violent criminals into our communities. We need safety. (BOOING) We need safety. They don't bring cameras to interview the angel moms whose children were killed by criminal aliens who should have never been here in the first place. Not even close. (APPLAUSE) They don't want to talk to the angel mom. But as your president, I will always fight to protect American families. Always. (APPLAUSE) I will always fight for an immigration system that defends our borders and takes care of our sovereignty as a nation. (APPLAUSE) I will never sacrifice the safety and security of the American people. And I will never be silent in the face of vicious smears and attacks. And the heroic agents and offices of ICE and the Border Patrol who save millions, just the job they do; save thousands and thousands of lives, and are so brave, and are so tough. (APPLAUSE) If you want to create a humane, lawful system of immigration, then you need to retire the Democrats and elect Republicans to finally secure our borders. (APPLAUSE) Because we need Democrat votes. We have a majority of one in the Senate. We need Democrat votes in the Senate. We need additional votes in the House. We will have the greatest borders, the greatest walls -- we've already started -- but it's a lot tougher than it needs to be. We need Republicans to get out and put Republicans in. In case -- in case you don't know, in the Senate, we need, unfortunately, 60 votes. We have 51 votes. We need Democrats. They will do anything to obstruct, anything to make it as uncomfortable as possible. Because they think it's good politics. I actually think it's bad politics. We will see very soon. (APPLAUSE) We're building it. We are building the wall. That wall is happening. Under the previous administration, America's rich natural resources -- of which your state has a lot -- were put under lock and key, including thousands of acres in Superior National Forest. You know what that is, right? (APPLAUSE) Tonight, I'm proudly announcing that we will soon be taking the first steps to rescind the federal withdrawal in Superior National Forest, and restore mineral exploration for our amazing people and miners and workers and for the people of Minnesota. (APPLAUSE) One of the great natural reserves of the world. And we'll do it carefully. And maybe, if it doesn't pass muster, we won't do it all. But it is going to happen, I will tell you. It's going to happen. And it's happening fast. (APPLAUSE) We've already taken it, as you know, a long way down the road. And it's going to make things better. It's going to make it, from an environmental standpoint, better. As a result of our massive tax cuts, millions of Americans are receiving much bigger paychecks -- much bigger. (APPLAUSE) We've eliminated record numbers of job-killing regulations. By the way -- so a few days ago, it was 500 days, so now, it's like 511 -- in 500 days, we've cut more regulations than any president in the history of our country, whether it is four years, eight years, or, in one year... (APPLAUSE) ... in one case, 16 years. We have cut more regulations in 500 days than any president -- even our 16-year president. We have opened up energy exploration in ANWR in Alaska. (APPLAUSE) They have been trying to do that from before the days of Ronald Reagan. Couldn't get it done. We repealed the core of Obamacare. The individual mandate is gone -- so unpopular. (APPLAUSE) The individual mandate, where you pay a fortune for the privilege of not paying for insurance for health care -- let me tell you, we just repealed it. You don't have to pay anymore. So big. So big. (APPLAUSE) And we would have repealed and replaced Obamacare, although we have got a long way -- we are doing that anyway; we just had to do it in a longer route -- because we had a gentleman, late into the morning hours, go "thumbs down." That was not a good thing he did. That was not good thing for our people, for our country, whether you are a Democrat or Republican. And everybody said, "Good, we have his vote. We have everybody's vote." We were going in for a routine repeal and replace. And he went, "thumbs down." Not nice. That was not nice. We are bringing back our jobs from other countries. We are bringing back our companies from other countries. Chrysler is coming back. Chrysler just announced they are coming back. (APPLAUSE) Many, many companies are coming back to our country. They know where the action is. This is where they want to be. And, as far as trade is concerned with other countries, we want fair and reciprocal trade. We don't want stupid trade, like we had for so long. Stupid trade. (APPLAUSE) Remember the word "reciprocal." Remember the word "reciprocal." We have been ripped off by almost every country on Earth, our friends and our enemies. And I hate to say it: Our friends do a bigger and better job than the enemies. But those days are over. Those days are over. (APPLAUSE) And, even before we finish off with the trade deals -- and we will finish off with the trade deals -- people don't realize we have the cards because we are the piggy bank that everybody was robbing for 30 years. We're like the piggy bank. "Let's go get some more." You look at the European Union -- they put up barriers so that we can't sell our Ford products in, and yet they sell Mercedes and BMW, and the cars come in by the millions, and we hardly tax them at all. They don't take our cars. And, if they do, the tax is massive. So, they're basically saying, "We are going to sell you millions of cars. By the way, you're not going to sell us any." Not going to work that way anymore, folks. Not going to work that way. (APPLAUSE) We will not be taken advantage of anymore. We're a great country. We're going to be an even greater country, hopefully greater than we've ever been before. We have such potential. (APPLAUSE) We just secured a record $700 billion in funding to rebuild our military, which was in very sad shape. (APPLAUSE) And we have approval for next year, $716 billion. We're ordering new planes -- we make the best in the world. We're ordering new ships. We're ordering new military equipment. And we even gave our great warriors a raise. (APPLAUSE) Gave them a raise. For the veterans, we passed the largest V.A. reforms in half a century, a landmark V.A. accountability law -- you know what that is? You couldn't fire anybody that worked in the V.A. They were sadistic, in some cases. They were lazy. They were this -- they were lots of different things. You could never fire anybody because the accountability -- you could forget it. So we passed a bill that they have been trying to pass for almost 40 years. It's called V.A. Accountability, where, now, you bring the person into the office and you say, "Jim, I'm sorry to tell you, you're fired. Get out of here." Boom. (APPLAUSE) Right? And, even more important -- and I didn't think I'd be saying this so soon, because I would campaign on this -- I used to go out during the campaigns -- and you know, because I was in Minnesota a lot -- but, obviously, one more trip -- that won't happen again. (APPLAUSE) But one that's really important to me -- and I used to say to myself, "I wonder why doctors don't just take care of our great vets." We just passed Veterans Choice legislation -- passed, signed. (APPLAUSE) That gives our veterans the care they deserve, the care they earned. Now, look, so our veterans were waiting on line for nine days, for 12 days, for three weeks. Someone on line with a minor problem -- they ended up having a terminal disease. Now, I said, during the campaign, before I knew too much about it -- but there's a lot of common sense in life. I say, "Instead of one of our great veterans waiting for two, three, four, five weeks, why don't we let them go see a doctor and pay the bill?" And that's what we're doing. That's Veterans Choice. (APPLAUSE) That's Veterans Choice. And, you know, I went to people, I thought -- I thought, "I think I'm such a genius, OK." I thought this was, like, the greatest idea. But I went to the vet groups, I went to everybody -- "Yeah, we've been trying to get that passed, sir, for 30 years." OK. I didn't know that. But what I did know is I do have to get it passed, and we got it passed... (APPLAUSE) ... two weeks ago. And, by the way, we passed another one. It's called Right to Try. You know what Right to Try is? Very proud of it. Right to Try -- these are people that are terminally ill. It's sad. They travel all over the world, if they have the money. If they don't, they don't know what to do. If we have drugs that haven't been approved yet, but are showing tremendous promise, it didn't matter. It didn't matter how sick you were, where you were, you couldn't get it. And the reason was, they didn't want to do anything that's going to hurt you. You're not going to be around for five weeks. In five weeks -- I kept saying, "Why can't we do something?" If people had the money, they travel to Africa, to Asia, to Europe trying to find the cure. It was called hope. They wanted hope, and they couldn't get it. I said, "It's ridiculous." I got involved -- and this is also -- like Veterans Choice, for many years, people have tried to pass it. And Kevin was a great help. I have to tell you, Kevin McCarthy, who just left the stage, was a great help. So were your congressmen -- a great help. (APPLAUSE) And we got Right to Try passed and, four weeks ago, I signed final legislation, and we are very proud of it. (APPLAUSE) And many people are going to be saved. Many, many people are going to be saved. And you'd think it would be easy, but it wasn't. Between the insurance companies and the health care companies and the pharmaceutical companies, it was incredible. But we did that. And now we're bringing down the prices for prescription drugs -- way down. (APPLAUSE) So we've made this incredible progress together with your help -- with the help of the millions and millions of people that -- well, some polls got it right, but not all polls got it right -- but they showed up. And, the beginning of that night, people were saying, "You know, this could be a big problem for the Democrats." They were not liking what they were seeing. They were seeing too many of those hats. They were seeing too many people with... (APPLAUSE) ... you know that. That was an amazing evening. That was one of the most incredible evenings, because that's a movement the likes of which this country has never seen before -- this country has never seen. (APPLAUSE) You know, we talk about the forgotten men and women. They're the smartest people. They work the hardest. They pay taxes. They do all of the things. And yet, they were the forgotten people. And, believe me, our people are the smartest and the hardest working -- smarter than anybody and the hardest working. (APPLAUSE) You know, a little thing I was talking about today -- you ever notice, they always call the other side -- and they do this sometimes (ph) -- the elite? "The elite." Why are they elite? I have a much better apartment and they do. (APPLAUSE) I'm smarter than they are. I'm richer than they are. (APPLAUSE) I became president and they didn't. (APPLAUSE) And I am representing the greatest, smartest, most loyal, best people on Earth -- the deplorables. Remember that? The deplorables. (APPLAUSE) You know, I was watching when Crooked Hillary made -- and, by the way, is it -- hey, excuse me, have you been seeing -- have you been watching what has been going on with the inspector general's report -- what a scam this whole thing is? OK, how guilty is she? (APPLAUSE) With Peter Strzok and his lover, Lisa Page -- I don't think their wife and husband are too happy about that. What do you think? What do you think? I don't think so. No, but have you been seeing this whole scam? Have you been -- do you believe what you're seeing, how, no matter what she did, no matter how many crimes she's committed, which were numerous, they wanted her to be innocent. With me, nothing. No collusion, no nothing. And they just wanted to take all of us -- they wanted to put us in trouble. And it's not working too well, I'll tell you. Disgusting. (APPLAUSE) It's called (ph) a phony witch hunt, phony witch hunt. But you look at the corruption -- did you ever see anything like it, really? Today, more things -- that's why they're building up immigration, so you can't see what is going on in Congress. They're building up immigration. They don't want to show what is happening in Congress, where this whole scam has been revealed. So they want to stay on immigration, where Obama had bigger problems than anybody, where Bush had problems, where other -- they want to stay on immigration because they don't want to go into the halls of Congress, which has totally revealed the Russian scam that's going on. (APPLAUSE) What a group. What a group. I'll tell you something. We want to get along with Russia, but Russia is looking out and saying, "Man, I wish she won. Between our military, our oil that we're doing -- she wanted to have windmills. You know? We want to compete with you (ph)" -- all the things we've done -- All the things we've done, including sanctions -- so many things -- they're looking back; they're saying, "You know, I wish Crooked Hillary won that election. It would have been a lot better for Russia." So what we want to do is we want to elect more Republicans so that we can deliver on all of the things I'm talking about. And I'll be honest with you, we're going to deliver anyway. We're going to deliver anyway. (APPLAUSE) We're going to lift millions of Americans from welfare to work, from dependence to independence and from poverty to prosperity. We are going to lift them. (APPLAUSE) You know, one of the greatest things about all the jobs we've created -- to me, the greatest -- is that people, now, don't get stuck in one job and they hate it, they don't want to get up in the morning. They have many, many options. They can go out. Wages are rising. It's a beautiful thing taking place. They can get something. I've always said -- you know, when I make speeches on how to be successful, I always say, like, the first thing, "You've got to love it. You've got to love your job or you're never going to be good." These people, now, that didn't have any options -- they were hanging onto one job that they hated -- they have many, many choices. They get the job they want. And, for the first time in 20 years, wages are rising. (APPLAUSE) We're going to build new airports, and we're going to build railways and highways and waterways all across this magnificent land. We have spent, because of horrible decision-making, $7 trillion in the Middle East. Think of it -- $7 trillion. And, if we want to fix a window, it's, like, a big deal. $7 trillion -- it's all coming back. Remember, during the debates, I talked about growth. "Growth, we need growth." Nobody has ever seen growth like we're having right now. When I go around and meet foreign leaders, they all congratulate me. "Mr. President, congratulations on the growth of the United States. Congratulations." Every one of them. (APPLAUSE) The first thing they say, first thing they say. By the way, is there anything more fun than a Trump rally? Is there (ph)... (APPLAUSE) And we break every attendance record every single time, just about. (APPLAUSE) We're going to put new steel into the backbone of our country and we're going to make that steel right here in the United Dates. (APPLAUSE) We're going to breathe new hope into our communities. And our workers are already so proud again. We will do it all with American hands and American heart and American pride. And, everything we do, we will stand up for our citizens. We will fight for our country. We will stand up for America. And we're going to stand up for the great state of Minnesota, and you're seeing that. (APPLAUSE) Your great state was pioneered by men and women who braved the wilderness and the winters to build a better life for themselves and for their incredible families. They were really tough, and they really smart and strong. (APPLAUSE) They didn't have a lot of money. They didn't have a lot of luxury, but they had grit and they had faith and they had courage and they had each other, right? (APPLAUSE) They were miners and ministers and fishermen and farmers and shipbuilders and shopkeepers. But they all had one thing in common: they loved their families, they loved their country and they loved their God. (APPLAUSE) Together, we're renewing the miracle of the great American Midwest. Do you remember, not so long ago, we were producing those cars and we were producing all of this stuff? And, since then, so many companies went to Mexico and went to other places. As I said before, they are coming back and they're coming back faster than anybody could ever believe. (APPLAUSE) We're standing on the shoulders of great American patriots who put down the railroads, built up the highways and dug out the most amazing Panama Canal, losing thousands of lives in doing it. They crossed the oceans, trekked the deserts, scaled the mountains, created the most incredible republic the world has ever seen. And you know what? Our republic today is prouder and greater than it ever was before. (APPLAUSE) Our beautiful ancestors won two world wars, defeated fascism and communism and put a man on the face of the moon. And I think you saw, the other day, we're reopening NASA. We're going to be going to space. (APPLAUSE) AUDIENCE: Space Force! Space Force! Space Force! TRUMP: Space Force. Space Force. So we have the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the Marines, the Coast Guard -- but we have the Air Force; now, we're going to have the Space Force, because it's a whole... (APPLAUSE) ... we need it. We need it. As long as we are proud of who we are and what we are fighting for, we will never, ever fail. There is no place like our place. There is no place. (APPLAUSE) With your help and with your voice and with your vote, the Republicans will win and keep on winning. We will keep on winning. (APPLAUSE) We have great people, and Pete is a great guy. You've got to get him a victory. A great guy. Got to get Pete a victory. You've got to get him a victory. We need him. We will achieve victory for our magnificent country and our magnificent land, the land that we love, because we are Americans and our hearts bleed red, white and blue. (APPLAUSE) We will never give in, we will never give up and we will never, ever stop fighting for our country or for our flag or for our freedom. (APPLAUSE) We are one people, one family and one glorious nation under God. And, together, we will make America wealthy again. We will make America strong again. We will make America safe again. And we will make America great again. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, Minnesota. Thank you, Minnesota. (APPLAUSE) END
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP RALLY IN DULUTH - ABC UNI CUTS
2200 WH DULUTH RALLY ABC UNI CUTS FS23 73 PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP DELIVERS REMARKS AT A MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN RALLY, DULUTH, MINNESOTA JUNE 20, 2018 SPEAKERS: PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE PETE STAUBER, R-MINN. [*] TRUMP: Thank you. Thank you very much, Duluth. Thank you very much. (APPLAUSE) I am thrilled to be back in the great state of Minnesota... (APPLAUSE) ... with truly some of the most incredible people anywhere on Earth. You know that. (APPLAUSE) And, you know, I hate to bring this up... (LAUGHTER) ... but we came this close to winning the state of Minnesota. (APPLAUSE) And in two and a half years, it's going to be really easy, I think. (APPLAUSE) Been many, many decades since a Republican did that. I thought I was going to do it. I needed one more visit, one more speech. That's why never give up. Never, ever give up. One more speech. (APPLAUSE) Now, we're very proud of Minnesota. Let me also say congratulations to the Bulldogs on winning the NCAA Championship Hockey Tournament. (APPLAUSE) Wow. That's a big deal. Right in this arena, this is where they play, right? (APPLAUSE) I hear they're a great team. And how many are going to the NHL? How many? Two, three? That's a lot. They're going to do it. Great team. Thank you. Great team. The Bulldogs. (APPLAUSE) So, we're honored to be joined tonight by many wonderful Republican leaders, including our incredible House majority leader, Kevin McCarthy. Kevin, come up, please. Where is Kevin? (APPLAUSE) Kevin. (APPLAUSE) He sends a lot of money this way, I want to tell you. (APPLAUSE) I also want to thank and maybe just ask him to come up -- we have all night long, right? Do we have time? (APPLAUSE) All night. We're not going anywhere. (APPLAUSE) Some great people. Congressman Sean Duffy. (APPLAUSE) Great champion. Come up, Sean. Great champion. You know, the whole thing, going up the trees and down the trees. Number one in the world for four or five years. (APPLAUSE) With a great, great wife, by the way. Very talented. Tom Emmer. Congressman. Loves this state. (APPLAUSE) And a very popular man in the state of Minnesota, Jason Lewis. (APPLAUSE) I also want to thank Lieutenant Governor Michelle Fischbach for being here. (APPLAUSE) She has been so great. Got a big race coming along, it's going to do great. Along with State Senator Karin Housley. (APPLAUSE) Karin, come on up here. Get 'em up here. Where are you? Stay there, too much of a deal. Good luck. Karin, good luck. Michelle, thank you. Also a friend of mine and a man who's been incredible and a great supporter, Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka... (APPLAUSE) ... and Minnesota Republican Party Chair Jennifer Carnahan who has been fantastic. Thank you. (APPLAUSE) Thank you. And finally, the person we're all here to support tonight, somebody who's very special -- by the way, loves ice hockey... (LAUGHTER) ... real ice hockey family. In fact, his brother, you know, the coach of the winning women's team in the Olympics. Not bad. (APPLAUSE) Great family. The next congressman from Minnesota's 8th Congressional District, the great Pete Stauber. Come on up. (APPLAUSE) I'll tell you, is this a pretty good sendoff for Pete? This is not bad, right? (APPLAUSE) Hey, Pete. say a few words. He wasn't supposed to do this, but let's hear him, right? Come on. Come on. STAUBER: Thank you, Mr. President. Welcome to the city of Duluth and the great state of Minnesota... (APPLAUSE) ... and as he alluded to, the home of college hockey's national champions, the University of Minnesota, Duluth Bulldogs. (APPLAUSE) I'm Pete Stauber and I'm running in Minnesota's 8th Congressional district because, like President Trump, I love this country... (APPLAUSE) ... I love our freedoms... (APPLAUSE) ... and I love our Constitution. (APPLAUSE) Mr. President, before your election, you made a promise to visit Minnesota and you promised more jobs, fewer regulations and a better economy for everyone. (APPLAUSE) Now jobs are up, unemployment numbers are at a historic low, small businesses and manufacturers are surging... (APPLAUSE) ... and optimism is at an all-time high. (APPLAUSE) My blue-collar, common-sense conservative message is resonating throughout the 8th District. Mr. President, these people support you. (APPLAUSE) And, Mr. President, these are the same people that are going to send me to Washington, so together we can unleash the economic engine in Northern Minnesota. (APPLAUSE) On behalf of the Minnesotans here today, thank you for coming to our great state and for always putting America... (APPLAUSE) ... for always putting America and the American worker first. (APPLAUSE) Thank you. God bless America. Thank you very much. (APPLAUSE) (CROSSTALK) (APPLAUSE) TRUMP: So, I didn't know he was going to do that, and then he takes out his speech and reads it, and I said, "That's pretty good." (LAUGHTER) He is a great guy. And he loves you and he loves this country, And he's going to do fantastically. He's going to win. We're going to keep on winning. Remember, I used to say, in a little jest, but I really meant it, we are going to win so much. Remember? We are going to win, win, win. (APPLAUSE) That's what we are doing. Remember, I said, your governor, or your senator, or Pete, or somebody, they're going to come into Washington and say, "Mr. President, please, we are winning too much. The people of Minnesota cannot stand winning so much. Please, can we take it easy?" (APPLAUSE) And I said, "No. We're going to keep winning, winning, winning." (APPLAUSE) So, we've created 3.4 million new jobs since Election Day. (inaudible) (APPLAUSE) And I've said before, if I would have said that to you during the campaign, those very dishonest people back there, the fake news... (BOOING) ... very dishonest -- they would have said, "He's exaggerating." AUDIENCE: (inaudible) TRUMP: These are very dishonest people -- many of them, and we have fine people too doing that, but there's a lot of very dishonest people. For instance, I just got back, as you know, from Singapore, where I met... (APPLAUSE) ... where I met Kim Jong-un. And we had a great meeting. Great chemistry. We got along really well, which is very important. They didn't want us to, but they -- you know, it is like nice to do that. (LAUGHTER) And very interestingly, at first, everybody was amazed, amazed, that we had the meeting. They couldn't believe it. The first 24 hours, they said, "I can't believe it." You remember that, a while ago? They said, "They're going to meet." Then about a day later they said, "What's the big deal with the meeting? What's the big deal?" (LAUGHTER) In other words, their bosses said, "You can't say that." But the beauty (inaudible). So we had a meeting. It was an incredible success. And they said, "The president gave away so much. He met with them." I said, "What else?" That was -- I met. What am I supposed to do? I have to meet, right? "He met!" Now, sentence one says, "a total denuclearization of North Korea." (inaudible) (APPLAUSE) We got back our hostages. (APPLAUSE) And I didn't pay $1.8 billion to get back our hostages. (APPLAUSE) We got back our great fallen heroes -- the remains. In fact, today, already 200 have been sent back. (APPLAUSE) They stopped shooting missiles over Japan. They stopped all nuclear testing. They stopped nuclear research. They stopped rocketry. They stopped everything that you'd want them to stop. And they blew up sites where they test and do the testing. (APPLAUSE) And -- it was a great meeting. And Kim Jong-un will turn down -- and I will tell, he will turn -- Chairman Kim will turn that country into a great, successful country. (APPLAUSE) And let me tell you -- let me tell you -- let me tell you this: A year and a half ago, nobody thought that was possible. In fact, before I was elected, everybody assumed we were going to war. It would be a vicious war. In Seoul, you have 28 million people living 30 miles off the border. They don't even need nuclear weapons for that. They have thousands of cannons aiming right on top of Seoul. You could have lost millions and millions of people. But I got along with Kim Jong-un. I got along. (APPLAUSE) And that's a good thing, not a bad thing. (APPLAUSE) And these people -- you remember, I said, "I can't believe it. He's given away so much." You know what I gave away? A meeting. (inaudible) (APPLAUSE) And the fact that we do get along means we're safe. I'm not saying things can't happen: Things go wrong, mistakes are made, relationships get broken. But right now, you are so safe, and such a great event took place. And all over Asia... (APPLAUSE) All over Asia there, they are celebrating the great achievement that we made. Because you were the ones that put me here. We made -- that we made. (APPLAUSE) All over Asia. And really, all over the world. And by the way, in our country, everybody knows what a great achievement this is, not only for us, but for North Korea, for South Korea, for Japan, for China, for everybody. And I have to say, you know, you've been reading where I've been putting very large tariffs on China -- very, very large... (APPLAUSE) ... we hit the $250 billion mark. But I want to say, (inaudible) we have to do that, because it has to be balanced, it has to be fair. It wasn't fair. China and President Xi has really helped us a lot at the border of North Korea, really helped us a lot. And he's a friend of mine. He's a friend of mine. (APPLAUSE) So, you should be very proud of yourselves for what took place, because that was very close to war for many years. Many years, it was very, very close. And now we could have something where everybody is going to live in peace for a long period of time, and there will be denuclearization. (APPLAUSE) So that's the real story. Thank you. That's the real story. (APPLAUSE) That's the real story. So, unemployment numbers are among the best in the history of our country. African-American unemployment is at its lowest level in the history of our country. (APPLAUSE) Hispanic American unemployment has reached its lowest level ever recorded in the history of our country. (APPLAUSE) And remember, I'd go into big stadiums like this that were packed -- and by the way, you are very good at real estate. Did you see the thousands and thousands of people outside -- that will never be reported by the fake news -- but the thousands of people that couldn't get in? (APPLAUSE) Many thousands. They're all over. The parking lots, they're all over. And it would be great if the cameras could take a shot of the arena. (APPLAUSE) So, usually, they don't do it. And I usually go home and my wife will say, "How was the crowd?" Although, honestly, when you have many thousands of people, like we have tonight -- you know, I was at an event three weeks ago, where a person from the New York Times said there was only a thousand people. And the people -- the many thousands that were there protested. I didn't even have to do it. And they wrote a slight correction. They were off by many thousands of people. (APPLAUSE) That's the way it is -- it's fake news, I'm telling you. So fake. But usually they don't show the arena. They just show my face. So people would say, "Did you have many people there?" "Didn't you see?" "No, no. They've only showed your face." And we all have ego, but I don't want to show my face, I want to show the crowd; it's much prettier. (APPLAUSE) Because you people are incredible. Unemployment among women has reached the lowest level, as of today, in 65 years -- 65 years. (APPLAUSE) And most importantly of all, America is respected again. Really respected. (APPLAUSE) We are fighting to protect American iron, aluminum and steel, and to protect our incredible and very brave miners. (APPLAUSE) But I'll tell you, to keep this incredible momentum -- I think maybe the most successful that the country has ever had -- I think we are now at the most successful level that the country has ever seen. That's how we're doing. (APPLAUSE) And let me just tell you, because I hear a couple of the fakers the other day said, "Well, I think it's Obama's economy." Obama's economy? Obama? (BOOING) They want to put on more regulations, they want to take back your tax cuts -- which are massive -- they want to take them back, and they want to raise the hell out of your taxes, and the whole thing will go boom. (BOOING) So, we need more Republicans. We got to get out there in the midterm. We got to get more Republicans. We got to get more Republicans. (APPLAUSE) A vote for a Democrat for Congress is really a vote for Nancy Pelosi and her radical agenda. (BOOING) Democrats want to raise your taxes, increase your regulations, shut down American energy, take over American health care -- which has been a disaster with Obamacare -- and ship away American jobs. And that's what they will do. If anything bad happens to this country, it will be a disaster for all of you. But we're not going to let it happen. We worked too hard to get here. (APPLAUSE) And the greatest phrase, I think, in the history of politics is on all of those red and white hats that I see out there, "Make America Great Again." And that's exactly what we're doing. (APPLAUSE) Make America great again. And you know what our new phrase is in two and a half years? You know what it is, right? "Keep America Great." (APPLAUSE) That's what it is, because that's where we are. (APPLAUSE) So, the Democrats want open borders. "Let everybody come in." (BOOING) "Let everybody pour in, we don't care. Let 'em come in from the Middle East. Let 'em come in from all over the place. We don't care." We're not going to let it happen. And by the way, today, I signed an executive order: We're going to keep families together, but the border is going to be just as tough as it's been. (APPLAUSE) Democrats don't care about the impact of uncontrolled migration on your communities, your schools, your hospitals, your jobs or your safety. Democrats put illegal immigrants before they put American citizens. What the hell is going on? (BOOING) Illegal immigration costs our country hundreds of billions of dollars. So imagine if we could spend that money to help bring opportunity to our inner cities and our rural communities and our roads and our highways and our schools. AUDIENCE: Build that wall! Build that wall! Build that wall! TRUMP: So, we've already started the wall. We got $1.6 billion. The wall has been started. San Diego and lots of different places. And we go -- but, boy, it's tough. They want to do anything they can to obstruct and to make sure it doesn't happen. But it's happening. It's happening. But we have a single protester there. There we go. Goodbye, darling. Goodbye, darling. (BOOING) So, we have a single protester. He's going home to his mom. Say hello to mommy. (APPLAUSE) And tomorrow -- the fake news will say tomorrow, "Massive protests at the Trump rally." (LAUGHTER) One person. Massive protests. Aiy, aiy, aiy. (APPLAUSE) We're going to make it great for Americans. And we're going to take care of people. And we do want people coming across our border, going through our ports of entry. But we want people to come in through merit, not just through luck or happenstance. We want them to come in through merit. (APPLAUSE) And we need people, because we have so many companies now -- and you know very well in Minnesota what's happening. They just gave me a run-through what's happening in Minnesota. It's incredible. But we have so many companies moving back into our country, we need people to help. But we want them to come in through the merit system, not a system where we get MS-13 and everybody else that other countries don't want. (APPLAUSE) And the Democrats' open border policies have also allowed MS-13 to break into our country, and drugs to pour into our streets. And we're stopping it. (BOOING) We have taken out of our country -- and actually, can you believe I have to say this? We have liberated towns. Liberated, like it was captured by a foreign country. We have liberated towns out in Long Island. (APPLAUSE) MS-13 gangs, we have taken them out of our country by the thousands. (APPLAUSE) And these countries that send them back, we're putting in legislation, we're not giving them any more aid when they send people up. Remember the original speech, right? My original speech. "They are sending" -- you remember those words? Everyone said, "How terrible." "They are sending." Well, let me tell you, they're sending, and they're not sending their finest, that I can tell you. (APPLAUSE) And we are sending them the hell back. And what we're doing... (APPLAUSE) What we're doing, we give hundreds of millions of dollars of aid to countries. We have a horrible deal, as an example, with NAFTA and Mexico. Horrible deal. (BOOING) They make over $100 billion on that horrible trade deal where factories were emptied, so many bad things have happened. And we're going to make it a part of NAFTA. Because you have to mark up (ph) thousands of miles coming through Mexico, you come up thousands of miles coming through Mexico, and we're going to stop it. (APPLAUSE) Get 'em out of here. Get 'em out of here. (BOOING) Go to home to your mom, darling. Go home. Get 'em out of here. Out. AUDIENCE: USA! USA! USA! TRUMP: Was that a man or a woman? Because he needs a haircut more than I do. (APPLAUSE) Couldn't tell. Couldn't tell. I couldn't tell. He needs a haircut. But the media never talks about the American victims of illegal immigration. I know them well. I know so many of them. I campaigned with them -- what's happened to their children, what's happened to their husbands, what's happened to their wives. The media does not talk about the American families permanently separated from their loved ones because Democrat policies released violent criminals into our communities. We need safety. (BOOING) We need safety. They don't bring cameras to interview the angel moms whose children were killed by criminal aliens who should have never been here in the first place. Not even close. (APPLAUSE) They don't want to talk to the angel mom. But as your president, I will always fight to protect American families. Always. (APPLAUSE) I will always fight for an immigration system that defends our borders and takes care of our sovereignty as a nation. (APPLAUSE) I will never sacrifice the safety and security of the American people. And I will never be silent in the face of vicious smears and attacks. And the heroic agents and offices of ICE and the Border Patrol who save millions, just the job they do; save thousands and thousands of lives, and are so brave, and are so tough. (APPLAUSE) If you want to create a humane, lawful system of immigration, then you need to retire the Democrats and elect Republicans to finally secure our borders. (APPLAUSE) Because we need Democrat votes. We have a majority of one in the Senate. We need Democrat votes in the Senate. We need additional votes in the House. We will have the greatest borders, the greatest walls -- we've already started -- but it's a lot tougher than it needs to be. We need Republicans to get out and put Republicans in. In case -- in case you don't know, in the Senate, we need, unfortunately, 60 votes. We have 51 votes. We need Democrats. They will do anything to obstruct, anything to make it as uncomfortable as possible. Because they think it's good politics. I actually think it's bad politics. We will see very soon. (APPLAUSE) We're building it. We are building the wall. That wall is happening. Under the previous administration, America's rich natural resources -- of which your state has a lot -- were put under lock and key, including thousands of acres in Superior National Forest. You know what that is, right? (APPLAUSE) Tonight, I'm proudly announcing that we will soon be taking the first steps to rescind the federal withdrawal in Superior National Forest, and restore mineral exploration for our amazing people and miners and workers and for the people of Minnesota. (APPLAUSE) One of the great natural reserves of the world. And we'll do it carefully. And maybe, if it doesn't pass muster, we won't do it all. But it is going to happen, I will tell you. It's going to happen. And it's happening fast. (APPLAUSE) We've already taken it, as you know, a long way down the road. And it's going to make things better. It's going to make it, from an environmental standpoint, better. As a result of our massive tax cuts, millions of Americans are receiving much bigger paychecks -- much bigger. (APPLAUSE) We've eliminated record numbers of job-killing regulations. By the way -- so a few days ago, it was 500 days, so now, it's like 511 -- in 500 days, we've cut more regulations than any president in the history of our country, whether it is four years, eight years, or, in one year... (APPLAUSE) ... in one case, 16 years. We have cut more regulations in 500 days than any president -- even our 16-year president. We have opened up energy exploration in ANWR in Alaska. (APPLAUSE) They have been trying to do that from before the days of Ronald Reagan. Couldn't get it done. We repealed the core of Obamacare. The individual mandate is gone -- so unpopular. (APPLAUSE) The individual mandate, where you pay a fortune for the privilege of not paying for insurance for health care -- let me tell you, we just repealed it. You don't have to pay anymore. So big. So big. (APPLAUSE) And we would have repealed and replaced Obamacare, although we have got a long way -- we are doing that anyway; we just had to do it in a longer route -- because we had a gentleman, late into the morning hours, go "thumbs down." That was not a good thing he did. That was not good thing for our people, for our country, whether you are a Democrat or Republican. And everybody said, "Good, we have his vote. We have everybody's vote." We were going in for a routine repeal and replace. And he went, "thumbs down." Not nice. That was not nice. We are bringing back our jobs from other countries. We are bringing back our companies from other countries. Chrysler is coming back. Chrysler just announced they are coming back. (APPLAUSE) Many, many companies are coming back to our country. They know where the action is. This is where they want to be. And, as far as trade is concerned with other countries, we want fair and reciprocal trade. We don't want stupid trade, like we had for so long. Stupid trade. (APPLAUSE) Remember the word "reciprocal." Remember the word "reciprocal." We have been ripped off by almost every country on Earth, our friends and our enemies. And I hate to say it: Our friends do a bigger and better job than the enemies. But those days are over. Those days are over. (APPLAUSE) And, even before we finish off with the trade deals -- and we will finish off with the trade deals -- people don't realize we have the cards because we are the piggy bank that everybody was robbing for 30 years. We're like the piggy bank. "Let's go get some more." You look at the European Union -- they put up barriers so that we can't sell our Ford products in, and yet they sell Mercedes and BMW, and the cars come in by the millions, and we hardly tax them at all. They don't take our cars. And, if they do, the tax is massive. So, they're basically saying, "We are going to sell you millions of cars. By the way, you're not going to sell us any." Not going to work that way anymore, folks. Not going to work that way. (APPLAUSE) We will not be taken advantage of anymore. We're a great country. We're going to be an even greater country, hopefully greater than we've ever been before. We have such potential. (APPLAUSE) We just secured a record $700 billion in funding to rebuild our military, which was in very sad shape. (APPLAUSE) And we have approval for next year, $716 billion. We're ordering new planes -- we make the best in the world. We're ordering new ships. We're ordering new military equipment. And we even gave our great warriors a raise. (APPLAUSE) Gave them a raise. For the veterans, we passed the largest V.A. reforms in half a century, a landmark V.A. accountability law -- you know what that is? You couldn't fire anybody that worked in the V.A. They were sadistic, in some cases. They were lazy. They were this -- they were lots of different things. You could never fire anybody because the accountability -- you could forget it. So we passed a bill that they have been trying to pass for almost 40 years. It's called V.A. Accountability, where, now, you bring the person into the office and you say, "Jim, I'm sorry to tell you, you're fired. Get out of here." Boom. (APPLAUSE) Right? And, even more important -- and I didn't think I'd be saying this so soon, because I would campaign on this -- I used to go out during the campaigns -- and you know, because I was in Minnesota a lot -- but, obviously, one more trip -- that won't happen again. (APPLAUSE) But one that's really important to me -- and I used to say to myself, "I wonder why doctors don't just take care of our great vets." We just passed Veterans Choice legislation -- passed, signed. (APPLAUSE) That gives our veterans the care they deserve, the care they earned. Now, look, so our veterans were waiting on line for nine days, for 12 days, for three weeks. Someone on line with a minor problem -- they ended up having a terminal disease. Now, I said, during the campaign, before I knew too much about it -- but there's a lot of common sense in life. I say, "Instead of one of our great veterans waiting for two, three, four, five weeks, why don't we let them go see a doctor and pay the bill?" And that's what we're doing. That's Veterans Choice. (APPLAUSE) That's Veterans Choice. And, you know, I went to people, I thought -- I thought, "I think I'm such a genius, OK." I thought this was, like, the greatest idea. But I went to the vet groups, I went to everybody -- "Yeah, we've been trying to get that passed, sir, for 30 years." OK. I didn't know that. But what I did know is I do have to get it passed, and we got it passed... (APPLAUSE) ... two weeks ago. And, by the way, we passed another one. It's called Right to Try. You know what Right to Try is? Very proud of it. Right to Try -- these are people that are terminally ill. It's sad. They travel all over the world, if they have the money. If they don't, they don't know what to do. If we have drugs that haven't been approved yet, but are showing tremendous promise, it didn't matter. It didn't matter how sick you were, where you were, you couldn't get it. And the reason was, they didn't want to do anything that's going to hurt you. You're not going to be around for five weeks. In five weeks -- I kept saying, "Why can't we do something?" If people had the money, they travel to Africa, to Asia, to Europe trying to find the cure. It was called hope. They wanted hope, and they couldn't get it. I said, "It's ridiculous." I got involved -- and this is also -- like Veterans Choice, for many years, people have tried to pass it. And Kevin was a great help. I have to tell you, Kevin McCarthy, who just left the stage, was a great help. So were your congressmen -- a great help. (APPLAUSE) And we got Right to Try passed and, four weeks ago, I signed final legislation, and we are very proud of it. (APPLAUSE) And many people are going to be saved. Many, many people are going to be saved. And you'd think it would be easy, but it wasn't. Between the insurance companies and the health care companies and the pharmaceutical companies, it was incredible. But we did that. And now we're bringing down the prices for prescription drugs -- way down. (APPLAUSE) So we've made this incredible progress together with your help -- with the help of the millions and millions of people that -- well, some polls got it right, but not all polls got it right -- but they showed up. And, the beginning of that night, people were saying, "You know, this could be a big problem for the Democrats." They were not liking what they were seeing. They were seeing too many of those hats. They were seeing too many people with... (APPLAUSE) ... you know that. That was an amazing evening. That was one of the most incredible evenings, because that's a movement the likes of which this country has never seen before -- this country has never seen. (APPLAUSE) You know, we talk about the forgotten men and women. They're the smartest people. They work the hardest. They pay taxes. They do all of the things. And yet, they were the forgotten people. And, believe me, our people are the smartest and the hardest working -- smarter than anybody and the hardest working. (APPLAUSE) You know, a little thing I was talking about today -- you ever notice, they always call the other side -- and they do this sometimes (ph) -- the elite? "The elite." Why are they elite? I have a much better apartment and they do. (APPLAUSE) I'm smarter than they are. I'm richer than they are. (APPLAUSE) I became president and they didn't. (APPLAUSE) And I am representing the greatest, smartest, most loyal, best people on Earth -- the deplorables. Remember that? The deplorables. (APPLAUSE) You know, I was watching when Crooked Hillary made -- and, by the way, is it -- hey, excuse me, have you been seeing -- have you been watching what has been going on with the inspector general's report -- what a scam this whole thing is? OK, how guilty is she? (APPLAUSE) With Peter Strzok and his lover, Lisa Page -- I don't think their wife and husband are too happy about that. What do you think? What do you think? I don't think so. No, but have you been seeing this whole scam? Have you been -- do you believe what you're seeing, how, no matter what she did, no matter how many crimes she's committed, which were numerous, they wanted her to be innocent. With me, nothing. No collusion, no nothing. And they just wanted to take all of us -- they wanted to put us in trouble. And it's not working too well, I'll tell you. Disgusting. (APPLAUSE) It's called (ph) a phony witch hunt, phony witch hunt. But you look at the corruption -- did you ever see anything like it, really? Today, more things -- that's why they're building up immigration, so you can't see what is going on in Congress. They're building up immigration. They don't want to show what is happening in Congress, where this whole scam has been revealed. So they want to stay on immigration, where Obama had bigger problems than anybody, where Bush had problems, where other -- they want to stay on immigration because they don't want to go into the halls of Congress, which has totally revealed the Russian scam that's going on. (APPLAUSE) What a group. What a group. I'll tell you something. We want to get along with Russia, but Russia is looking out and saying, "Man, I wish she won. Between our military, our oil that we're doing -- she wanted to have windmills. You know? We want to compete with you (ph)" -- all the things we've done -- All the things we've done, including sanctions -- so many things -- they're looking back; they're saying, "You know, I wish Crooked Hillary won that election. It would have been a lot better for Russia." So what we want to do is we want to elect more Republicans so that we can deliver on all of the things I'm talking about. And I'll be honest with you, we're going to deliver anyway. We're going to deliver anyway. (APPLAUSE) We're going to lift millions of Americans from welfare to work, from dependence to independence and from poverty to prosperity. We are going to lift them. (APPLAUSE) You know, one of the greatest things about all the jobs we've created -- to me, the greatest -- is that people, now, don't get stuck in one job and they hate it, they don't want to get up in the morning. They have many, many options. They can go out. Wages are rising. It's a beautiful thing taking place. They can get something. I've always said -- you know, when I make speeches on how to be successful, I always say, like, the first thing, "You've got to love it. You've got to love your job or you're never going to be good." These people, now, that didn't have any options -- they were hanging onto one job that they hated -- they have many, many choices. They get the job they want. And, for the first time in 20 years, wages are rising. (APPLAUSE) We're going to build new airports, and we're going to build railways and highways and waterways all across this magnificent land. We have spent, because of horrible decision-making, $7 trillion in the Middle East. Think of it -- $7 trillion. And, if we want to fix a window, it's, like, a big deal. $7 trillion -- it's all coming back. Remember, during the debates, I talked about growth. "Growth, we need growth." Nobody has ever seen growth like we're having right now. When I go around and meet foreign leaders, they all congratulate me. "Mr. President, congratulations on the growth of the United States. Congratulations." Every one of them. (APPLAUSE) The first thing they say, first thing they say. By the way, is there anything more fun than a Trump rally? Is there (ph)... (APPLAUSE) And we break every attendance record every single time, just about. (APPLAUSE) We're going to put new steel into the backbone of our country and we're going to make that steel right here in the United Dates. (APPLAUSE) We're going to breathe new hope into our communities. And our workers are already so proud again. We will do it all with American hands and American heart and American pride. And, everything we do, we will stand up for our citizens. We will fight for our country. We will stand up for America. And we're going to stand up for the great state of Minnesota, and you're seeing that. (APPLAUSE) Your great state was pioneered by men and women who braved the wilderness and the winters to build a better life for themselves and for their incredible families. They were really tough, and they really smart and strong. (APPLAUSE) They didn't have a lot of money. They didn't have a lot of luxury, but they had grit and they had faith and they had courage and they had each other, right? (APPLAUSE) They were miners and ministers and fishermen and farmers and shipbuilders and shopkeepers. But they all had one thing in common: they loved their families, they loved their country and they loved their God. (APPLAUSE) Together, we're renewing the miracle of the great American Midwest. Do you remember, not so long ago, we were producing those cars and we were producing all of this stuff? And, since then, so many companies went to Mexico and went to other places. As I said before, they are coming back and they're coming back faster than anybody could ever believe. (APPLAUSE) We're standing on the shoulders of great American patriots who put down the railroads, built up the highways and dug out the most amazing Panama Canal, losing thousands of lives in doing it. They crossed the oceans, trekked the deserts, scaled the mountains, created the most incredible republic the world has ever seen. And you know what? Our republic today is prouder and greater than it ever was before. (APPLAUSE) Our beautiful ancestors won two world wars, defeated fascism and communism and put a man on the face of the moon. And I think you saw, the other day, we're reopening NASA. We're going to be going to space. (APPLAUSE) AUDIENCE: Space Force! Space Force! Space Force! TRUMP: Space Force. Space Force. So we have the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the Marines, the Coast Guard -- but we have the Air Force; now, we're going to have the Space Force, because it's a whole... (APPLAUSE) ... we need it. We need it. As long as we are proud of who we are and what we are fighting for, we will never, ever fail. There is no place like our place. There is no place. (APPLAUSE) With your help and with your voice and with your vote, the Republicans will win and keep on winning. We will keep on winning. (APPLAUSE) We have great people, and Pete is a great guy. You've got to get him a victory. A great guy. Got to get Pete a victory. You've got to get him a victory. We need him. We will achieve victory for our magnificent country and our magnificent land, the land that we love, because we are Americans and our hearts bleed red, white and blue. (APPLAUSE) We will never give in, we will never give up and we will never, ever stop fighting for our country or for our flag or for our freedom. (APPLAUSE) We are one people, one family and one glorious nation under God. And, together, we will make America wealthy again. We will make America strong again. We will make America safe again. And we will make America great again. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, Minnesota. Thank you, Minnesota. (APPLAUSE) END
FORMER NHL PLAYER PLEDGES TO DONATE BRAIN (2021)
Former Minnesota Wild player and Rosemount-native JT Brown is speaking publicly this week about a decision to pledge his brain to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, also known as CTE, research through the Concussion Legacy Foundation in Boston. Brown played in 365 NHL games during a career that included stops with the Wild, Anaheim Ducks and Tampa Bay Lightning. “I want to provide some of that research for down the road, to hopefully either make it safer but also to start seeing the warning signs, start getting more information about CTE prior to someone's death," Brown said. Brown said he and his wife made the decision for him to pledge his brain to research after hearing Daniel Carcillo, a former NHL player, publicly talk about his mental health struggles. "We also want to provide the research to be able to find the differences — between different people and different cases and how it affects your brain,” Brown said. “For me to do that for future generations, it's one other thing I can do to improve the game.” Brown played high school hockey in Rosemount, and then later on the 2011 NCAA National Championship team at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, before playing in the NHL from 2011-2019. "I always played a more physical style of game, especially in the NHL,” Brown said. “I definitely got into quite a few fights as well." Brown was involved in 26 professional fights during his career in the NHL, American Hockey League and in juniors. 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS was given a rare look a couple of years ago into the Veterans Affairs-Boston University-Concussion Legacy Foundation brain bank in Boston. Boston University’s CTE Center says the degenerative brain disease has been found in athletes, military veterans and others with a history of repetitive brain trauma. At this point, CTE can only be detected postmortem, but it’s unclear why some people get the disease that kills brain cells and others do not have damage, according to researchers. “The more people that pledge to donate, the more research will be had, the better the research will be," Brown said.
5540 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION NIGHT 3 CHARLOTTE NC RNC CLEAN POOL 08262020 210000 2020 - 1
5540 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC RNC CLEAN POOL 08262020 210000 2020 ***DO NOT EDIT OR MODIFY THIS DOC IN ANY WAY. ONLY LOGGERS ARE PERMITTED. WEDNESDAY AUGUST 26 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION FULL LOG 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 203006 VO>> Long before the shots fired at Concord, were men and women of remarkable character and fortitude. An extraordinary spirit fueled the dreams they held. That spirit lived on to win liberty in the Revolution, embolden the underground railroads. It strengthened the brave souls at Normandy. 230032 It endured with those who gallantly fought the spread of communism. And on 9/11, that same spirit was found in the men and women storming the gates of death to save precious lives. The spirit of heroism thrives in the presence of tyranny, disaster. It is stronger than any virus. 203058 Yet there are those who condemn our heroes, seek to erase history, deconstruct the American ideals, remake America into something it was never intended to be. But the spirit of heroism stands in the breach. It lives in the heart. It breathes in the soul. And is woven into the courageous fabric of Americans like you. It preserves liberty. It strengthens families. It empowers the extraordinary. 203132 The spirit of heroism inspires us to act when others are in need, to do the right thing. Join us tonight. Dream heroic dreams. Celebrate America, land of the free, home of the brave. 203200 >> From Washington D.C., welcome to the 2020 Republican National Convention. Tonight, celebrating America as the land of heroes. 203225 >> Lord, almighty god, we come before you this evening and pray for your divine protection over our brothers and sisters in the path of storms along our Gulf Coast. You are our rock and our shelter, in the midst of the storms of life. You are the god who commands the winds and the waves, and we pray that He will provide refuge to our people. 203252 Oh, lord, you have granted us certain natural rights such as the right to speak freely, life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness as well as religious freedom, the right to assemble and the right to self-defense. Only in America have these god-given rights so flourished and been categorized as belonging to the people, embodying the very essence of our government. 223322 Father, we pray that this outlook and mindset, this form of government continues, as has been our history, especially now when, to our horror, it is being challenged. And so, we pray that god give strength and health to our President who has splendidly demonstrated daily his determination to defend and maintain the god-given rights of our citizens, as enshrined in our constitution and in our declaration. 203356 [And] eloquently passed down through our Judeoo-Christian tradition. President Trump has stood up fearlessly against those corrupting the term "social justice," so as to deny Americans their birthright and these divine gifts. 203413 May god protect him. May god bless all those in government and among our citizens who seek to honor, defend, and preserve our heritage. This land was founded in an epic and providential moment. Like the revelation at sinai, it was the moment when the vision of god rendezvoused with the soaring and noble plans of appointed men. Yet every so often, apace various generations, we are compelled to resurrect and give rebirth to our providential beginning, to renew our present days with the exuberance of those founding days. 203501 Perhaps that is what is meant when you say make America great again. We pledge to viginantly protect and tend the garden so as to imbibe its blessed fruits. May god continue to make America great and may we continue to be his people, one nation, under god, and let us say amen. 203530 >> I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic, for which it stands. One nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. KRISTI NOEM 203557 NOEM>> Good evening. I'm governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota. I'm here tonight because I believe America is an exceptional nation, founded on three principles: equality, freedom, and opportunity. But today, our founding principles are under attack. This year the choice for Americans is between a man who values these ideals, and all that can be built because of them, and a man who isn't guided by these ideals and coincidentally has built nothing. 203628 Remember, America's battle for Independence and fight for self governance was something that had never been done before. Men of great intellect and wisdom like James Madison, the father of our constitution, hoped our constitutional republic would last for ages, mitigate the problems that would naturally arise from political factions, and prevent tyranny. Madison also authored much of the bill of rights. 203653 Because he understood the natural tendency of government to increasingly encroach on the people's consent, and thus, our freedom. He urged his colleagues to adopt these amendments to enshrine in our Constitution the ideals laid out in the declaration of Independence, that all power comes from the people. That the government is created and ought to be exercised for the benefit of the people. Our constitution guarantees the right to speak, to assemble, and to worship. 203725 The right to arm ourselves as a counterbalance to a standing army. And the right to a fair and equitable criminal justice system. We must fight to protect these foundational rights from government interference and indifference. America is unique in the world. Government's power at all levels is limited to the confines of our constitution, which protects our god-given liberties and civil rights. We are not and will not be the subjects of an elite class of so-called experts. 203759 We, the people, are the government. Now at times our country has struggled to live up to our founding principles. Another great American, Abraham Lincoln, knew that struggle better than anybody. When he was just 28 years old, honest Abe saw wild and furious passions worse than savage mobs, he said, taking the place of reason and judgment. He was alarmed by the increasing disregard for the rule of law throughout the country. He was concerned for the people that had seen their property destroyed, their families attacked, and their lives threatened or even taken away. 203837 These good people were becoming tired of and disgusted with a government that offered no protection. Sound familiar? It took 244 years to build this great nation, flaws and all. But we stand to lose it in a tiny fraction of that time, if we continue down the path taken by the Democrats and their radical supporters. From Seattle and Portland to Washington and New York, Democrat-run cities across this country are being overrun by violent mobs. 203910 The violence is rampant. There's looting, chaos, destruction, and murder. People that can afford to flee have fled but the people that can't, good hard-working Americans, are left to fend for themselves. The Republican party's commitment to individual rights and self government is as necessary today as it was in 1860, when we won our first presidential election. 203937 Our party respects individuals based on who they are. We don't divide people based on their belief or their roots. We don't shun people who think for themselves. We respect everyone, equally, under the constitution, and we treat them as Martin Luther King Jr. wished, according to the content of their character, not the color of their skin. 204001 In just four years, President Trump has lifted people of all races and backgrounds out of poverty. He shrunk government. He put money back into the pockets of hard-working, ordinary Americans. He has advanced religious liberty, he protected the second amendment. You can look back 50 years, you won't find anyone that has surpassed President Trump's success on these four issues alone. 204027 History chooses its heros for the time in which they live. At our founding, Madison was one of the chosen. When the nation's very existence was challenged it was Lincoln's turn. Thanks to these men, America is a land of hope. Their examples have been repeated in countless ways by simple Americans following their conscience. But there is another American hero to be recognized. And that is the common American. 204057 This is who president Trump is fighting for. He's fighting for you. SCOTT DANE 204121 DANE>> I'm Scott Dane. I represent loggers and truckers in Minnesota, but I also represent a way of life. Logging's been a part of the great American story from the beginning. In fact. if you go to the capitol rotunda and look up, you can see loggers on one of the panels -- New England settlers carving out a new world from the wilderness. Logging is the most dangerous job in the country, but we embrace that risk because we know America was built by strong people, building things together. America needs us to keep building and we can't wait to be a part of it. 204157 But the last time Joe Biden was in the white house, Minnesota lost nearly half of its mills, thousands of jobs, and experienced nearly a decade of decline. It was a similar story in other parts of the country. The administration just didn't seem to care, and 47 years in Washington, Joe Biden hasn't done anything for the timber industry. When plants close in Duluth, Sartel, Cook, and Bemidji, they were just numbers on paper to the Obama-Biden administration. To me they were people and jobs and families. 204233 Under obama-biden, radical environmentalists were allowed to kill the forest. Wildfire after wildfire shows the consequences. Managed forests, the kind my people work in, are healthy forests. Under president trump, we've seen a new recognition of the value of forest management in reducing wildfires. And we've seen new support for our way of life where a strong back and a strong work ethic can build a strong middle class. 204258 We want to build families where we were raised and stand by communities that stood by us. We want that way of life available for the next generation and we want our forests there, too. President Trump, thank you for helping us do just that. MARSHA BLACKBURN 204335 BLACKBURN>> Hi, I'm US Senator Marsha Blackburn from Tennessee. America is a nation of heroes. In times of difficulty, we're reminded that they're all around us. They're in the line with us at the grocery store, in the pew with us at church. They're the regular American who step up to volunteer and serve when we need them most. 204400 They've stood at the forefront throughout this pandemic. The emergency room nurses who go back shift after shift. 204411 The medical researchers developing a vaccine and therapies to combat what the Chinese communist regime unleashed on the world. Cookville's Double Strings Church of Christ members, lifting our country up in prayer and providing for those impacted by tragedy. But tonight, I want to talk to you about another kind of hero. The kind democrats don't recognize because they don't fit into their narrative. I'm talking about the heroes from law enforcement and armed services. 204453 Leftists turned them into villains. They want to cancel them. But I'm here to tell you, these heroes can't be cancelled. Tennessee is full of them. After all, we're the volunteer state. My dad served in the Army in World War 2. When he came home, he put on another uniform, and for 30 years, volunteered to help our under funded sheriff's department. I'm reminded of him whenever I see compassion and selflessness in others. 204530 When I see law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every single day to keep our community safe, in spite of the hatred thrown at them. When I see the heroes who volunteer to serve our country, putting their lives on the line for their freedom. Many of these heroes call Tennessee home and we could not be more proud of the brave men and women of the 101st airborne division at Fort Campbell. 204605 The common thread between them is a deep seeded desire to serve a cause larger than themselves. They don't believe their country owes them anything. They believe they owe their country and their fellow man. As hard as Democrats try, they can't cancel our heroes. They cannot contest their behavery and they can't dismiss the powerful sense of service that lives deep in their souls. 204643 So they try to defund them -- our military, our police, even ICE -- to take away their tools to keep us safe. Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and their radical allies try to destroy these heroes because if there are no heroes to inspire us, government can control us. They close our churches, but keep the liquor stores and abortion clinics open. 204714 They say, we can't gather in community groups, but encourage protests, riots, and looting in the streets. If the Democrats had their way, they would keep you locked in your house until you become dependent on the government for everything. That sounds a lot like communist China to me. Maybe that's why Joe Biden is so soft on them, why Nancy Pelosi says that China would prefer Joe Biden. Yep. I bet they would. 204749 But, President Trump has stood up for our heroes every day. He stood by our law enforcement, our military, and the freedoms we hold dear. He's made good on his promise to put America first. And I hope you will stand with me as we send him back for four more years, with a clear message to the democrats, you will never cancel our heroes. DAN CRENSHAW 204828 CRENSHAW>>> Hi, I'm Congressman Dan Crenshaw. 8 years ago, in the fields of Helmand Province, Afghanistan, a close friend and teammate laid down cover fire against Taliban insurgents so that I could walk, blind and bloodied, to the Med-Evac helicopter, and survive. But he didn't. Dave Orson was killed 2 months later. 204848 He died a hero to this great country. Here's the truth about America: we are a country of heroes. I believe that. So should you. We are a people with a common set of ideals, conceived in liberty. People that have sacrificed, time and time again, for the freedom and freedom of others -- that's something that no country ever, anywhere can claim. 204911 Since 9/11, I've seen America's heroes up close. Some of them saved my life. Some of them saved many others lives. Many of them never made it home. These heroes act as if the whole struggle depended on them alone, as if any weakness on their part would be a reflection of the whole nation. That is called duty. 204930 And America has a long history of it. Our enemies fear us, because Americans can fight for good and we know it. It gives us strength. When our heroes are trusted and equipped, then freedom prevails. The defeat of ISIS was the result of America believing in our heroes. Our president having their backs and rebuilding our military so we'd have what we needed to finish the mission. 204955 The cowering of the Iranian regime and the restoration of the deterrence once lost is the result of America believing in her own might again. America's heroism isn't relegated to the battlefield. Every single day we see them, if you just know where to look. It's the nurse who volunteers for back-to-back shifts caring for covid patients because she feels that's her duty. It's the parent who will relearn algebra because there's no way they are letting their kids fall behind while schools are closed. 205023 And it's the cop that gets spit on one day and will saves a child's life the next. America is the country where the young military wife of two young children answers the unexpected knock at the door, looks the man in uniform in the eye and even as her whole world comes crashing down, she stands up straight, she holds back tears and takes care of her family because she must. 205048 This is what heroism looks like, it's who we are, a nation of heroes. And we need you now more than ever. We need to remind ourselves what heroism really is. Heroism is self-sacrifice. It's not moralizing and lecturing over others when they disagree. Heroism is grace, not perpetual outrage. Heroism is rebuilding our communities, not destroying them. 205115 Heroism is renewing faith in the symbols that unite us, not tearing them down. See, America is a fabric. It's woven from the threads of history's best stories, best attributes, and greatest ideas. The American spirit reflects the oldest and most important virtues: self sacrifice, courage, tolerance, love of country, grace, and passion for human achievement. 205136 We can decide, right now, that American greatness will not be rejected nor squandered. As the American founding was grounded in individual liberty, so will be our future. But if we are to rediscover our strength, then it must be an endeavor undertaken by each and every one of us. We must become the heroes that we so admire. 205158 America was built by them, and our future will be protected by them. It will be protected by you. So, god bless America. GEN KEITH KELLOGG 205215 KELLOGG>> Good evening. I'm retired Lieutenant General Keith Kellogg. In 1967, at the age of 22, I volunteered to serve my country in Vietnam. From the jungles of Vietnam to the deserts of Iraq, I have gone where my nation asked. I have borne witness to soldiers' last moments on Earth, their lives spent in hope and promise of a better future for all Americans. 205246 I was in the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. I lost friends there that day. In the years that followed, I watched my daughter, son, and son-in-law deploy to Afghanistan. I have looked into the eyes of my grandchildren as they said goodbye to their fathers and hugged them one last time. I lived (?) service. I understand sacrifice. I know leadership. 205315 Over the past 3 1/2 years, I have witnessed every major foreign policy and national security decision by the President. I have been in the room where it happened. I saw only one agenda and one guiding question, when tough calls had to be made: is this decision right for America? When President Donald Trump took office, decades of failed foreign policy had crippled us. 205347 He faced wars without end in sight, creation of failed states like Libya and Syria, a past that allowed a terrorist caliphate to grow, and leadership in Washington that allowed our military to atrophy, while we spent trillions of dollars abroad instead of investing at home. President Trump has reversed the decline of our military, and restructured our national security strategy. 205414 With historic investment and vision, our military is now better equipped, better resourced, and better manned than any military in the world. President Trump demolished the terrorist ISIS caliphate in the Middle East and eliminated its leader, Al baghdadi, one of the world's most brutal terrorists. President Trump took decisive action against Iranian terrorist mastermind, Qasem Soleimani, the man responsible for deaths of hundreds of American servicemen in Iraq. 205450 When our NATO allies failed to meet their commitments as we upheld ours, President Trump demanded parity. NATO members have now increased their contributions over $100 billion this year and NATO's Secretary General credits President Donald J. Trump. President Trump challenged and continues to challenge an ever-increasingly provocative and militant China. But make no mistake, President Trump is no hawk. 205521 He wisely wields the sword when required, but believes in seeking peace instead of perpetual conflict. Just over a week ago, our president brokered a peace agreement between the united Arab Emirates and Israel, the first in the Middle East in over 25 years. And this week, Afghan negotiators, with help from American officials, will start peace negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government to end America's longest war. 205558 Ask yourself: has this president kept his promises to keep us out of needless conflicts and to pursue ending wars without end? Has he defended your interests in renegotiating trade deals that previously hurt Americans and our national security? Has he fulfilled his commander in chief role by decisively going after the nation's enemies? You and I know the answer is yes. 205629 The choice is clear. This is the most important election of our lifetime. The next four years will decide the course of our country for decades to come. I am asking you to stand up and be counted so we never have to look back and recall what it was once like in America when men and women were free, our families were secure, and we had a president who served the people. 205701 God bless America. Thank you, and good night. TERA MEYERS 205730 MEYERS>> Good evening, my name is Tara Meyers. Tonight I am here as a wife and mother to share how education freedom has personally impacted my family, especially the life of my son Samuel. Before Samuel was even born, I was told his life wouldn't be worth living. When early tests revealed he had down syndrome, our doctor encouraged me to terminate the pregnancy. 205757 He said "if you do not, you will be burdening your life, your family and your community." I knew my baby was a human being created by god, and that made him worthy of life. I am thankful that president Trump values the life of the unborn. When we went to register samuel for kindergarten, we were told to just put him where he would be comfortable. Don't stress him out by trying to teach him. 205825 When we pushed for him to attend his neighborhood school with his sisters, we were told just go home and let us do what we do. When I inquired about functional learning, I was told, this is all you get, like it or not. Well, I did not like it. One size did not fit all. So I helped fight to pass legislation in Ohio, for a special needs scholarship, so that all students could choose the right program for their needs. 205857 I worked to start a new functional learning program at our local private school. Finally, Samuel had an appropriate place to learn. Last December, Samuel was invited to the White House to meet our president and share his thoughts on education freedom. He said, "school choice helped my dreams come true. My school taught me the way I learn best. I was able to fit in. I made many friends. I became a part of my community. My teachers helped me become the best I can be." President Trump shook my hand and said, wonderful job, mom. Your son is amazing. 205939 Unlike the doctor who told me to end Samuel's life before it even began. President trump did not dismiss my son. He showed Samuel he valued him and was proud of what he accomplished. President Trump gave Samuel an equal seat at the table. Tonight I would like to extend my thanks to president trump and his administration for their work toward making every student's dream of a meaningful education a reality. 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 210000 2020 210011 And for fighting to ensure every child in America has an equal seat at the table of education freedom and an equal opportunity in life. Thank you. And may god bless America. [RNC VIDEO "SUFFRAGE"] 210040 VO>> It all started at a tea party, 13 years before the American civil war. Civil unrest and division separated countrymen into two opposing camps: one determined to keep African-American people enslaved. The other, determined to see all people free. 210105 Elizabeth Katie Stanton and Lucretia Mott felt the call to fight for that freedom when they were selected as delegates for an anti slavery convention. But, upon arrival, were told they could not speak or vote at the male dominated event. On July 9, 1848, Mott, Stanton and three other women met for tea. 210127 By the end of the day, they had formed a coalition with the sole purpose of gaining the right for women to vote so they in turn would be free to fight for the freedoms of others. Women across America united and formed activist groups working tirelessly to win the vote for American women. The incomparable Susan B Anthony became one of the most visible leaders of women's suffrage when, in 1872, she registered and voted for every Republican on the ballot. 210158 As punishment for her actions, she was arrested for illegal voting at the request of Susan B. Anthony, Senator A.A. Sargent introduced the 19th amendment in 1878. The Susan B. Anthony Amendment was submitted and defeated five times. But, women continued to fight. Sojourner Truth and many other black suffragettes defied segregation, fighting for all women's voices to be heard and allowed to vote. 210223 For the two years prior to ratification, the silent sentinels quietly picketed the White House. Finally, when Republicans regained control of Congress, on August 26th, 1920, the Equal Suffrage Amendment was signed into law. Women's suffrage movement took 72 years and would change the lives of women forever. The victory was achieved peacefully through the valiant efforts of women patriots and the democratic process. 210252 100 years later in a bold declaration of rights for women, President Trump granted a full pardon to Susan B. Anthony on the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment's ratification. Women's suffrage was born from a desire to fight for the freedom of others. Now, we, the great patriots of America, will band together once again. And with one unified voice, we will vote for freedom. KAYLEIGH MCENANY 210330 MCENANY>> I'm Kayleigh Mcenany. You may know me as a supporter of President Trump. But tonight, I'm here to share with you how he supported me, both as a new mom and as an American with a pre-existing condition. When I was 21 years old, I got a call that changed my life. It was my doctor informing me that I had tested positive for the BRCA2 genetic mutation, a mutation that put my chances of breast cancer at 84%. 210403 It was the same mutation that my mom had, compelling her to get a preventive double mastectomy, removing her breast tissue but protecting her from a disease has taken far too many of our mothers, our sisters, our friends. In my family, eight women alone were diagnosed with breast cancer, several were in their young 20s. I now faced the same prospect. For nearly a decade, I was routinely at Moffitt Cancer Center, getting MRIs, ultrasounds, and necessary surveillance. 210443 During these visits, I cross pathed with brave women battling cancer and fighting through chemotherapy. They were a testament to American strength. They are American heroes. On May 1st, 2018, I followed in my mother's footsteps, choosing to get a preventive mastectomy. I was scared. The night before, I fought back tears as I prepared to lose a piece of myself forever. But the next day with my mom, dad, husband, and Jesus Christ by my side, I underwent a mastectomy, almost eliminating my chance of breast cancer. 210530 A decision I now celebrate. Breast reconstruction has advanced remarkably. While it is an individual's decision, my doctor and I chose a course of surgery that left me virtually unchanged. But more important than physical results, I developed a strength and a confidence that I carry with me. During one of my most difficult times, I expected to have the support of my family, but I had more support than I knew. As I came out of anesthesia, one of the first calls I received was from Ivanka Trump. 210607 As I recovered, my phone rang again. It was president Trump, calling to check on me. I was blown away. Here was the leader of the free world, caring about my circumstance. At the time, I had only met president Trump on a few occasions, but now I know him well. And I can tell you that this president stands by Americans with preexisting conditions. In fact, President Trump called me this morning, I spoke with him several times today, and he told me how proud he was of me for sharing this story. 210646 The same way president Trump has supported me, he supports you. I see it everyday. I've heard him say the hardest part of his job is writing to loved ones of fallen soldiers. I've seen him offer heartfelt outreach to grieving parents who lost their children to crime in the streets. And I have watched them fight for Americans who lost their jobs. President Trump fights for the American people, because he cares about stories like these. I have a nine-month-old daughter. She's a beautiful sweet little girl, and I choose to work for this president for her. 210735 When I look into my baby's eyes, I see a new life, amiracle for which I have a solemn responsibility to protect. That means protecting America's future, a future President Trump will fight for. Where our neighborhoods are protected. Where life is sacred. Where god is cherished, not taken out of our schools, removed from our pledge, and erased from our history. I want my daughter to grow up in President Donald J. Trump's America. 210804 Choosing to have a preventative mastectomy was the hardest decision I ever had to make. But supporting President Trump, who will protect my daughter and our children's future, was the easiest. KAREN PENCE 210851 KAREN PENCE>> Good evening. Karen Pence, my husband is Vice President Mike Pence. 100 years ago, today, the 19th amendment was adopted into the United States constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote. Because of heroes like Susan B. Anthony and Lucy Stone, women today -- like our daughters Audrey and Charlotte -- and future generations will have their voices heard and their votes count. 210921 The women's suffrage movement was the gateway that led to women having the opportunities to achieve monumental milestones and accomplish significant achievements in both civic and governmental roles. This evening, we look at heroes in our land. As Second Lady of the United States for the past three and a half years, I have had the honor of meeting many heroes across this great country. The Pences are a military family. 210955 Our son Michael serves in the United States Marines. And our son-in-law Henry serves in the US Navy. And one of my key initiatives is to elevate and encourage military spouses. These men and women like our daughter Charlotte and our daughter-in-law Sarah are the home front heroes. I have been privileged to hear so many stories of selfless support, volunteer spirit and great contributions to the armed forces and our communities. 211029 You know, military spouses may experience frequent moves and job changes, periods of being a single parent while their loved one is deployed, all while exhibiting pride, strength and determination and being a part of something bigger than themselves. To all of the military spouses, thank you. President Trump and Vice President Pence have been supporting our United States armed forces including our military families on a significant scale. 211103 While traveling throughout our nation to educate military spouses about policy solutions that President Trump has promoted involving real, tangible progress in military spouse employment, I have been inspired to meet heroes like Lisa Bradley and Cameron Cruz. 211126 These military spouses decided to start their own business R-Riveter, named after the Rosie the Riveter campaign used to recruit women workers during World War II. R-Riveter makes beautiful handbags designed and manufactured exclusively by military spouses. And many of those spouses live all over the country. They prepare and send their section of the bags to the company located in North Carolina where the final product is assembled. 211158 Military spouse hero Jilan Hall-Johnson in Billings, Montana, is a culinary artist who had dreamed of starting her own restaurant. Working with the small business administration's development center, Jilan started her restaurant, the Sassy Biscuit. 211218 And she just opened a second restaurant in Dover, New Hampshire. And as the second lady, I've also been able to bring awareness to a form of therapy for our heroic veterans suffering from PTSD. Art therapy facilitated by a professional art therapist is especially effective with posttraumatic stress disorder. Master gunnery sergeant Chris Stowe a marine veteran I met in Tampa, who deployed for combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, said nothing had helped him deal with the trauma from his service in the Marines, until he finally agreed to meet with the art therapist at Walter Reed medical center 211305 Chris credits art therapy with saving his marriage and his life. And Chris went on to establish a glass blowing workshop to help other Vets. Many of our veteran heroes struggle as they transition back into civilian life. And, sometimes, the stress is too difficult to manage alone. A few weeks ago, I had the honor of speaking with some amazing Americans who answer the Veterans Crisis Line. 211335 One, in particular, Sydney Morgan, especially impacted me. A veteran herself, Sydney said, it is the highest honor of her life, until they physically walk into a clinic to receive help they deserve, and she can pass their hand to someone ready to help. 211358 In these difficult time, we've all seen so many examples of everyday Americans reaching out a hand to those in need. Those who, in humility, have considered others more important than themselves. We've seen health care workers, teachers, first responders, mental health providers, law enforcement officers, grocery and delivery workers and farmers. 211427 And so many others. Heroes, all. 100 years ago women secured the right to vote, so let's vote, America. Let's honor our heroes. Let's re-elect president trump and vice president pence for four more years. God bless our heroes, and god bless the United States of America. 211458 VO>> We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. KELLYANNE CONWAY 211517 CONWAY>> Good evening. I'm Kellyanne Conway. 100 years ago, courageous warriors helped women secure the right to vote. This has been a century worth celebrating, but also a reminder that our democracy is young and fragile. A woman in a leadership role can still seem novel. Not so for President Trump. For decades, he has elevated women to senior positions in business and in government. 211547 He confides in and consults us, respects our opinions, and insists that we are on equal footing with the men. President Trump helped me shatter a barrier in the world of politics by empowering me to manage his campaign to its successful conclusion.With the help of millions of Americans, our team defied the critics, the naysayers, the conventional wisdom and we won. For many of us, women's empowerment is not a slogan. 211617 It comes not from strangers on social media orr sanitized language in a corporate handbook. It comes from the everyday heroes who nurture us, who shape us, and who believe in us. I was raised in a household of all women. They were self-reliant and resilient. Their lives were not easy. But they never complained. Money was tight, but we had an abundance of what mattered most, family, faith and freedom. 211652 I learned that, in America, limited means does not make for limited dreams. The promise of America belongs to us all. This is a land of inventors and innovators, of entrepreneurs and educators, of pioneers and parents -- each contributing to the success and the future of a great nation and her people. These everyday heroes have a champion in President Trump. 211725 The teacher who took extra time to help students adjust to months of virtual learning. The nurse who finished a 12-hour COVID shift and then took a brief break only to change her mask, gown, and gloves to do it all over again. The small business owner striving to reopen after the lockdown was lifted and then again after her store was vandalized and looted. 211753 The single mom with two kids, two jobs, two commutes, who ten years after that empty promise, finally has health insurance. President Trump and vice president Pence have lifted Americans, provided them with dignity, opportunity and results. I have seen firsthand many times the president comforting and encouraging a child who has lost a parent, a parent who has lost a child, a worker who lost his job, an adolescent who lost her way to drugs. 211836 "Don't lose hope," he has told them, assuring them that they are not alone, and that they matter. There always will be people who have far more than us. Our responsibility is to focus on those who have far less than us. President Trump has done precisely that, in taking unprecedented action to combat this nation's drug crisis. 211903 He told me, this is so important, Kellyanne, so many lives have been ruined by addiction, and we'll never even know it, because people are ashamed to reach out for help, and they're not even sure who to turn to in their toughest hour. Rather than look the other way, President Trump stared directly at this drug crisis next door and through landmark bitarsian legislation has helped secure historic investments in surveillance, interdiction, education, prevention, treatment and recovery. 211936 We have a long way to go, but the political inertia that cost lives and the silence and the stigma that prevents people in need from coming forward is melting away. This is the man I know and the president we need for four more years. He picks the toughest fights and tackles the most complex problems. 212001 He has stood by me, and he will stand up for you. In honor of the women who empowered me and for the future of the children we all cherish, thank you and God bless you, always. DIDI BURN 212033 DIDI BURN>> Good evening. I'm sister Didi Burn and I belong to the community of the Little Workers of the Sacred Heart's of Jesus and Mary. Last 4th of July, I was honored to be one of the president's guests at his salute to America celebration. I must confess that I recently prayed while in chapel, begging God to allow me to be a voice and instrument for human life. And now, here I am, speaking at the Republican National Convention. I guess you better be careful for what you pray for. My journey towards religious life is not a traditional route, if there is such a thing. 212111 In 1978, as a medical stud-- school student at Georgetown University, I joined the Army to help pay for my tuition, and ended up devoting 29 years to the military, serving as a doctor and a surgeon in places like Afghanistan and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. After much prayer and contemplation, I entered my religious order in 2002, working to serve the poor and the sick in Haiti, Sudan, Kenya, Iraq, and in Washington, D.C. 212144 Humility is at the foundation of our order which makes it difficult to talk about myself, but I can speak about my experience working for those fleeing war-torn and impoverished countries all around the world. Those refugees all share a common experience. They have been all marginalized, viewed as insignificant, powerless and voiceless. And while we tend to think of the marginalized as living beyond our borders, the truth is the largest marginalized group in the world can be found here in the United States. 212220 They are the unborn. As Christians we first met Jesus as a stirring embryo in the womb of an unwed mother and saw him born nine months later in the poverty of a cave. It's no coincidence that Jesus stood up for what was just and ultimately crucified because what he said wasn't politically correct or fashionable. 212244 As followers of Christ, we are called to stand up for life against the politically correct or fashionable of today. We must fight against a legislative agenda that supports and even celebrates destroying life in the womb. Keep in mind, the laws we create define how we see our humanity, and we must ask ourselves: what are we saying when we go into a womb and snuff out an innocent, powerless voice's life? 212315 As a physician, I can say without hesitation: life begins at conception. While what I have to say may be difficult for some to hear, I am saying it because I'm not just pro-life, I'm pro eternal life. And I want all of us to end up in heaven together some day. Which brings me to why I'm here today -- Donald Trump is the most pro-life President that this nation has ever had, defending life at all stages. 212345 His belief in the sanctity of life transcends politics. President Trump will stand up against Biden-Harris who are the most anti-life Presidential ticket ever, even supporting the horrors of late-term abortion and infanticide. Because of his courage and conviction, President Trump has earned the support of America's pro-life community. 212410 Moreover, he has a nation wide of religions standing behind him. You'll find us with our weapon of choice, the rosary. So thank you Mr. President, we are all praying for you. LOU HOLTZ 212429 HOLTZ>> I'm Lou Holtz. Many of you know me as Coach Holtz, or maybe that football guy. It is a pleasure, a blessing, and an honor, for me to explain why I believe that President Trump is a consistent winner, an outstanding leader, and deserves to be re-elected as our president. First, I want you to know that I grew up in a one-bedroom house in West Virginia. I may have been poor, but the lessons my parents taught me were priceless. 212500 They taught me that life is about making choices. Wherever you are, good or bad, don't blame anyone else. Go get an education, get to work. You can overcome any obstacles. And always remember, that in this great country of ours, anyone can amount to something special. I lived by those principles of hard work, and responsibility my whole life. 212526 Living out the the American story, and it works. But there are people today like politicians, professors, protesters, and of course president trump's nay-sayers in the media who like to blame others for problems. They don't have pride in our country. They make us say no longer ask, what can I do for my country? Only what the country should be doing for them. They don't have pride in themselves. That's wrong. 212600 When I was an officer in the army, I served with so many great Americans who embraced the responsibility to our country. I'm so proud of their sacrifices and the opportunity it has provided for so many millions. America remains a land of opportunity, no matter what the other side says or believes. You know, there's a statue of me at Notre Dame. I guess they needed a place for the pigeons to land. 212629 But if you look closely, you will see these three words there: trust, commitment, and love. All my life, I have made my choices based on these three words. I use these three rules to make choices about everything. My beloved wife of 59 years, athletes I coached, and of course, politicians. Even President Trump. I ask myself three things. 212657 One, can I trust them? When a leader tells you something, you gotta be able to count on it. That is President Trump. He says what he means, he means what he says, and he's done what he said he would do at every single turn. One of the important reasons he has my trust is because nobody has been a stronger advocate for the unborn than President Trump. 212723 The Biden-Harris ticket is the most radically pro-abortion campaign in history. They and other politicians are Catholic in name only, and abandoned innocent lives. 212737 President Trump protects those lives. I trust President Trump. The second question I ask is are they committed to doing their very best? President Trump always finds a way to get something done. If you want to do something bad enough, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse. And excuses are a lot easier to find than solutions. 212805 President Trump finds solutions, president trump is committed. The third question I ask is do they love people? Do they care about others? To me this is very clear. President trump has demonstrated through his prison reform, advocating for school choice, and welfare reform. He wants Americans from all walks of life to have the opportunity to succeed and live the American dream. President trump loves our country and our great people. Trust, commitment, and love. In President trump we have a president we can trust, who works hard at making America greater. 212850 And who genuinely cares about people. If I apply this test to Joe Biden, I can't say yes to any of these three questions. I used to ask our athletes at notre dame "if you did not show up, who would miss you and why?" Can you imagine what would happen to us if president trump had not shown up in 2016 to run for president? I'm so glad he showed up. 212919 Thank you for showing up, Mr. President. I encourage everyone who loves this country, who loves America, to show up in November for President Trump. Thank you. MICHAEL MCHALE 212938 MCHALE>> Hi, I'm Michael McHale, but my friends call me "Mick." I'm a 30 active duty member of law enforcement in the state of Florida. I am also the president of the national association of police organizations, NAPO. Our organization recently endorsed Donald Trump for re-election as President of the United States. Our endorsement recognized his strong support for the men and women on the front lines, particularly during these challenging times. 213010 We value his support of aggressive prosecution of those who attack our police officers. His signing of the law enforcement mental health and wellness act and his support for permanently authorizing funds to support 9/11 first responders and their families. Law enforcement officers across the nation take an oath to run towards danger when everyone else is running away. They do so willingly to protect our families and communities. 213046 I'm proud that the overwhelming majority of American police officers are the best of the best and put their lives on the line without hesitation. And good officers need to know their elected leaders, and the department brass, have their backs. Unfortunately, chaos results when failed officials in cities like Portland, Minneapolis, Chicago, and New York make the conscious decision not to support law enforcement. 213120 Shootings, murders, looting, rioting occur unabated. The violence and bloodshed we are seeing in these and other cities isn't happening by chance. 213132 It's the direct result of refusing to allow law enforcement to protect our communities. Joe Biden has turned his candidacy over to the far Left, anti-law enforcement radicals. And as a Senator, Kamala Harris pushed to further restrict police, cut their training, and make our American communities and streets even more dangerous than they already are. 213202 Conversely, President Trump supports the creation of a national standard for training on deescalation and communication to give officers more tools to resolve conflict without violence. The differences between Trump-Pence and Biden-Harris are crystal clear. Your choices are the most pro law enforcement president we've ever had, or the most radical anti-police ticket in history. 213239 We invite those who value the safety of their family and loved ones to join the hundreds of thousands of members of the national association of police organizations and support the re-election of president Donald J. Trump. Thank you and god bless America. ELISE STEFANIK 213315 STEFANIK>> I'm Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, and I'm honored to represent New York's 21st Congressional District, the cradle of the American revolution. It's where, almost 250 years ago, brave patriots fought in the battles of Saratoga to turn the tide of the revolutionary war. It's where, 40 years ago in Lake Placid, a team of amateur hockey players out hustled, outskated, and defeated the Soviet Union, stunning the world and giving up the unforgettable miracle on ice. 213349 And today, it's home to fort Drumm and the historic tenth mountain division, the most deployed unit in the U.S. army since 9/11, where I saw first hand president trump graciously thank and honor our men and women in uniform and sign the largest pay raise for our troops in a decade. 213406 Since our nation's founding generation after generation of everyday Americans served and sacrificed to preserve and strengthen the American dream. The vision of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and the idea that if you work hard and dream big, you can achieve anything you imagine. I believe in the American dream because I've lived it. Like millions of Americans, I grew up in a small business family where I learned the values of hard work and determination. 213441 I was the first person in my immediate family to graduate from college, ran for Congress to serve upstate New York, and am proudly the youngest Republican woman elected to Congress in history. I am honored to support President Trump for re-election because I know that he is the only candidate who will stand up for hard working families and protect the American dream for future generations. 213509 Since his first day in office, President Trump has fought tirelessly to deliver results for all Americans, despite the Democrats' baseless and illegal impeachment sham and the media's endless obsession with it. 213523 I was proud to lead the effort standing up for the constitution, President trump, and most importantly the American people. This attack was not just on the president. It was an attack on you, your voice and your vote. But the American people were not swayed by these partisan attacks. Our support for president trump is stronger than ever before. 213547 We know what's at stake in this historic election. Americans from all walks of life are unified in support of our president. It's why more Republican women than ever are running for office this year. We understand that this election is a choice between the far left democratic socialist agenda versus protecting and preserving the American dream. President Trump is working to safely reopen our main street economy. 213617 He understands that the engine of our country is fuelled by the ingenuity and determination of American workers, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. Joe Biden wants to keep them locked up in the basement and crush them with $4 trillion in new taxes. We face a critical choice. Joe Biden's far left failed policies of the past 47 years, or president Trump who will stand up for the American people and the constitution. 213649 I believe in the wisdom and spirit of the American people to elect the only candidate who is capable of protecting the American dream. President Donald J. Trump. Thank you to the north country for the opportunity to serve as your voice supporting his re-election. God bless the United States of America, the greatest country on Earth. MADISON CAWTHORN 213726 HAWTHORNE>> Good evening. I'm Madison Hawthorne, and I'm running to represent North Carolina's 11th Congressional District. This is a time of great adversity for our country, and I know something about adversity. At 18 years old, I was in a horrific car accident that's left me paralyzed from the waist down. Instantly, my hopes and dreams were seemingly destroyed. I was given a 1% chance of surviving. But thanks to the power of prayer, a very loving community and many skilled doctors, I made it. It took me over a year to recover. 213800 My first public outing in a wheelchair was to a professional baseball game. You know, before my accident I was 6'3". I stood out in a crowd. But as I wheeled through the stadium I felt invisible. At 20, I thought about giving up. However, I knew I could still make a difference. You know, my accident has given me new eyes to see and new ears to hear. God protected my mind and my ability to speak. So I say to people who feel forgotten, ignored and invisible, I see you. I hear you. 213835 At 20, I made a choice and 2020, our country has a choice. We can give up on the American idea or we can work together to make our imperfect union more perfect. I choose to fight for the future, to seize the high ground and retake the shining city on a hall. While the radical left wants to dismantle, defund and destroy, Republicans under president trump's leadership want to rebuild, restore and renew. 213905 I just turned 25. When I'm elected this November, I'll be the youngest member of Congress in over 200 years. And if you don't think young people can change the world, then you just don't know American history. George Washington was 21 when he received his first military commission. Abe Lincoln, 22, when he first ran for office. And my personal favorite, James Madison was just 25 years old when he signed the declaration of Independence. 213932 In times of peril, young people have stepped up and saved this country, abroad and at home. We held the line, scaled the cliffs, crossed oceans, liberated camps, and cracked codes. Yet today, political forces want to usher in the digital dark ages. A time of information without wisdom. And tribalism without truth. National leaders on the left have normalized emotion-based voting and radicalized identity politics that rejects Martin Luther King's dream. 214004 MLK's dream is our dream, for all Americans to be judged solely on their character. Millions of people risk their lives every year to come here, because they believe in the dream of MLK and the American dream. Join us as, we, the party of freedom, double down on ensuring the American dream for all people. We are committed to building a new town square. It welcomes all ideas and all people. 214031 Here we will have freedom of speech, not freedom from speech. To liberals, I say let's have a conversation. Be a true liberal, listen to other ideas and let the best one prevail. And to conservatives, I say let's define what we support and win the argument in areas like healthcare and on the environment. In this new town square, you don't have to apologize for your beliefs or cower to a mob. You can kneel before god but stand for our flag. 214103 The American idea my ancestors fought for during the revolutionary war, is just as exciting and revolutionary today as it was 250 years ago. I say to Americans who love our country, young and old, be a radical for freedom. Be a radical for liberty. 214123 [HAWTHORNE STANDS] And be a radical for our republic, for which I stand. One nation, under god, with liberty and justice for all. Thank you and may god bless America. JACK BREWER 214155 BREWER>> I'm Jack Brewer, a former 3 time NFL team captain, College professor, coach, husband, son and father. I'm also a lifelong Democrat, but I support Donald Trump. Let me be clear: I didn't come here for the popularity or the praise, the likes or the retweets. I'm here as a servant to god, a servant to the people of our nation and a servant to our president. 214223 I grew up in Grapevine, Texas, a town that my great grandfather was the first black man to settle, as a sharecropper in 1896. My early high school experience included fighting with skinheads and being the witness in an attempted murder trial after my friend shot a skinhead in self-defense. I remember my dad's bravery when he personally stood up against a KKK rally in my town. 214247 In my house, my father taught me to back down for no one. I know what racism looks like. I've seen it first hand. In America, it has no resemblance to president trump. And I'm fed up with the way he's portrayed in the media, who refuse to acknowledge what he's actually done for the Black community. 214306 It's confusing the minds of our innocent children. Before I left to come to deliver this message my energetic 8 year old son, Jackson, stopped me and said, "dad, can you please just tell everyone that all lives need to matter, and that god loves everyone?" In that moment, I realized that my 8-year-old had figured out what so many adults have seemed to forget. We are not as divided as our politics suggest. 214337 At some point for the sake of our children, the policies must take priority over the personalities. So because you have an issue with president trump's tone you are going to allow Biden and Harris to deny our underserved black and brown children school choice? Are we so offended by the president's campaign slogan, make America great again, we're going to ignore that Joe Biden and kamala Harris have collectively been responsible for locking up countless black men for nonviolent crimes. 214410 Are you going to allow the media to lie to you by falsely claiming that he said there are very fine white supremacists in Charlottesville? That's a lie. And ignore the so-called black lives matter organization that openly, on their website, calls for the destruction of the nuclear family. My fellow Americans, our families need each other. We need black fathers in the homes with their wives and children. The future of our communities depends on it. 214443 I'm blessed to be able to run inner city youth programs and to also teach in prisons across America. The inmates in my federal prison program literally receive days off their sentence just for attending my class. And that's thanks to President Donald J. Trump and his First Step Act. President Trump cared about these Americans and their families, even when so many others had left them behind and had written them off. I'm forever grateful for President Trump for that. He endures relentless attacks and so do many of us, like myself, who support him. 214519 But my mama always told me when the lord starts blessing, the devil starts messing. This convention marks a time to celebrate our history. Republicans are the party that freed the slaves and the party that put the first Black men and women in congress. It's the party of Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln. And now, Tim Scott and Donald Trump. Our president has made incredible strides to end mass incarceration and give unprecedented opportunities for Black [people], in America, to rise. 214554 America, let this election be a call for all god's people who are called by His name to humble ourselves and pray together, and to seek his face and to turn from our wicked ways. Then he will hear us from heaven and he will forgive our sins and he will heal our land. Amen, and god bless America. CHEN GUANGCHENG 214644 GUANGCHENG>> Greetings. My name is Chen Guangcheng. Standing up to tyranny is not easy. I know. When I spoke out against China's one child policy, and other injustices, I was prosecuted, beaten, sent to prison and put under house arrest by the Chinese communist party, the CCP. 214717 In April 2005 I escaped and was given shelter in the American embassy in beijing. I'm forever grateful to the American people for bringing me and my family to the United States where we are now free. CCP is an enemy of humanity. 214750 It is terrorizing its own people, and it is threatening the well being of the world. In China, expressing belief or ideas not approved by the CCP -- religion, democracy, human rights -- can lead to prison. 214818 The nation lies (?) under mass surveillance and censorship. The U.S. must use its values of freedom, democracy, and the role of law to gather a coalition of other democracies to stop CCP's aggression. President Trump has led on this, and we need the other countries to join him in this fight. 214856 A fight for our future. Standing up to fight and fairness isn't easy. I know. So does President Trump. But he has shown the courage to lead that fight. We need to support, vote, and fight for President Trump for the sake of the world. Thank you. LEE ZELDIN 214936 ZELDIN>> I'm congressman Lee zeldin. Tonight, as we celebrate America as a land of heros I'm here at a VFW post of heros in west Hampton beach, New York. I've seen amazing Americans in action, raised in a law enforcement family, deployed to Iraq as an 82nd airborne paratrooper and serving today in the army reserve. My generation, of post-9/11 veterans, has huge shoes to fill, following our greatest generation that fought tyranny, and saved the world. 215011 All over our country, everyday heroes serve and sacrifice for the greater good. Farmer, truckers, craftsmen, the heroes keep America running. Craftsmen and President trump fights for them every day. This year we have especially relied on one particular group of heroes, front line medical workers. My twin daughters, Michaela and Arianna, were born over 14 weeks early. They weighed just a pound and a half. At two weeks, Michaela went into septic shock, had a stroke, and underwent brain surgery leaving one-third of the left side of her brain a hole. 215054 Her doctors didn't believe Michaela would survive, fearing dire permanent consequences even if she did. Through the miracles of modern medicine, the power of prayer, and her will to live, my daughters are now starting high school and doing great, with no long-term effects from those frightful months in the NICU. So when I learned my county's PPE stockpile was depleted, I immediately thought of those healthcare workers who saved my baby girls. 215125 Jared Kushner and I were on the phone late into that Saturday night. The very next day, President Trump announced he was sending us 200,000 N-95 masks. He actually delivered almost 400,000. That number quickly grew to 1.2 million masks, gowns, and more. The President sent thousands of ventilators to New York. He deployed the USS Comfort and converted the Javits center to a field hospital. 215156 His administration authorized our lab testing requests at blinding speed. During a once in a century pandemic, an unforeseeable crisis sent to us from a far away land, the president's effort for New York was phenomenal. 215214 For our nation to emerge even stronger, more prosperous, freer, and more secure than ever; to make our country greater than ever before, we must re-elect president trump. We are the land of the free because of the brave. And we are the land of opportunity because we have a president who wants to empower the best of who we are to be the best of what we can be. 215241 There's never been a nation greater than ours. Never a people more resilient than ours. And never a future for America more promising than ours right now. Keeping America great is up to us. And losing is not an option. [RNC VIDEO] 215305 >> And I'm very proud, very proud to have President Trump in office here, because he's the best we've ever had. He's done the most for any president ever done. >> He's always there trying to take care of veterans, giving veterans what they need. >> The turnaround times have increased since Trump has taken over. >> You had to fight 15 years for benefits. But once he came into office, you had like 90 days, you turned your paperwork in, at least you had some kind of answer. 215330 >> I waited months for a signature on a piece of paper to get a prosthetic leg fixed. Now it's an a lot better turn around, but before it was a five-year waiting process to appeal. How long do we have to wait for benefits? 215344 >> I waited 20 years to file, rapidly was approved for medical, and then right -- turned right around and got disability. I was thinking it was going to be several years worth of waiting to hear. >> He's accomplished a lot in 3 1/2 years. And it helps the American people, and he has done a lot for veterans, for the middle class. >> I chose to serve my country. If I could do it, I would do it all over again, especially for this president. I mean, he's the kind of president you'd run through a brick wall if he asked you to. 215415 >> Went through many presidents but this one I can say is the best president we've ever had and ever will have, I believe. JONI ERNST 215434 ERNST>> Hello, everyone, and thank you for inviting me into your home this evening. It's truly a privilege. My name is Joni Ersnt. I was raised on a small family farm here in Iowa where I learned the importance of faith, hard work, and service. I worked my way through college, then dedicated my life to serving my country, as a local official, a battalion commander in the military, and as a U.S. Senator. Service, it's more than a word to me. It's a mission, a way of life. It's what brought me to cedar Rapids, Iowa in 2008 when I was in the National Guard. 215515 We saw historic floods that swept through the communities. We lent a helping hand to our fellow Iowans who were literally under water. We thought we had seen the worst, but 12 years later, these same communities have faced an even more devastating disaster, the recent Derecho storm. If you don't live in Iowa, you may not have heard much about it at first. While reporters here in the state were in the trenches covering the equivalent of a category 2 hurricane, most of the national media looked the other way. 215552 To them, Iowa is still just flyover country. Houses, farms were destroyed. About one third of our crops here were damaged. In some cases, these storms wiped out a lifetime of work. And yet, Iowa farmers didn't hesitate to grab their chainsaws and check on their neighbors. Our farmers live every day with that sense of service. The stewards of the land. The ones who feed and fuel the world. 215623 President trump quickly signed an emergency declaration for Iowa to provide relief. And of course when president trump came to Cedar Rapids, the national media finally did too. For years I've worked closely with the president for farmers in Iowa and across the country. We scrapped Obama and Biden's punishing waters of the United States rule which would have regulated about 97% of land in Iowa. 215652 In some cases, even puddles. It would have been a nightmare for farmers. The President delivered on major trade deals with Japan, and the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement. And he implemented the sale of E-15 fuel, year-round. That means more choices for you at the pump, and more jobs for farmers in the heartland. This is something the Obama-Biden administration failed to do in eight years. In fact, I can't recall an administration more hostile to farmers than Obama-Biden, unless you count the Biden-Harris ticket. 215731 The democratic party of Joe Biden is pushing this so-called green new deal. If given power, they would essentially ban animal agriculture and eliminate gas-powered cars. It would destroy the agriculture industry, not just here in Iowa, but throughout the country . When the pandemic hit president trump heard us and our call for assistance for our farmers. 215755 Knowing we have an ally in the white house is important. Folks, this election is a choice between two very different paths. Freedom, prosperity, and economic growth under a trump-pence administration. Or the biden-harris path, paved by liberal, coastal elites and radical environmentalists. And America, where farmers are punished, jobs are destroyed, and taxes crush the middle class. 215827 That is our choice and it's a clear one. Thank you. And god bless. BURGESS OWENS 215840 OWENS>> Ladies and gentlemen, I'm Burgess Owens. Shackled in the belly of a slave ship, an 8-year-old boy named (?) Burgess came to America to be sold on an auction block. By the grace of god and the courage of slaves who believed in freedom, (?) escaped through the underground railroad and settled in the great state of Texas. He wanted to become a successful entrepreneur. He built his community's first church, first elementary school, and purchased 102 acres of farmland which he paid off in two years. 215911 I'm here today, a candidate for Congress, because my great, great grandfather Salas Burgess. I was raised in the South during the days of Jim Crow and the KKK. He went through the challenges of segregation. We were taught that anything is possible in America. When I was 22 years old, I thought all my dreams would come true when I was drafted by the New York Jets. 10 years later, with a pro-Bowl nod and a Super Bowl championship under my belt, I left the NFL to start a business. 215941 I thought I could never fail, but years later, I did and I lost everything. As I moved my family of 6 into a one-bedroom, basement apartment in Brooklyn, New York, I had a choice to make: feel sorry for myself or get to work. I worked as a chimney sweep during the day and a security guard at night. It was humbling to be recognized cleaning a chimney by someone who has cheered me as an NFL fan but those hard days would pay off. Eventually, I started a career -- a rewarding career in the corporate world. 220013 We live in a country where we are encouraged to dream big. Second chances are at the core of our American DNA. We don't hear that same message from Nancy Pelosi's congress, career politicians, elitists and even a former bartender who want us to believe it's impossible. They want us to believe what I did, what my great-great grandfather did is impossible for ordinary americans. As patriots, we know better. This November we stand at a crossroads. Mobs torch our cities while popular members of congress promotes the same socialism that my father fought against in world war II. We have a democratic candidate for president who says that I'm not black if I don't vote for him. 220055 Now, more than ever, we need leaders who stand by their principles and won't compromise their values for political opportunities. Now, more than ever, we need leaders who will stand up to the lawlessness supported by the radical left. This November, we have an opportunity to reject the mob mentality, and once again be the America that my great-great grandfather believed in. During the Trump administration, business ownership among blacks, hispanics, and females have reached all time highs. 220125 Those same groups enjoyed record low unemployment and unprecedented prosperity. And we're just getting started. I ran for congress because we don't need more career politicians. We need a few more chimney sweeps. We need more leaders like president Trump, who understands the freedoms that make up the fabric of America. My fellow Americans, specifically my Democrat and Independent friends, it is now time for us to unite and put aside partisan barriers. Help us win back the House, keep the Senate, and give our president 4 more years. 220201 And I promise you, we will make you proud. Thank you, and God bless the United States of America. [RNC VIDEO] 220216 VO>> Standing guard over Baltimore Harbor is the remains of an Earthen star. A relic of time passed. It recalls a time when the spirit of liberty stirred in men of renown, who stood in the gap against the most powerful force in the world. 27 hours. One thousand men, low on ammunition, firing scrap metal. The battle raged. 220242 Insurmountable odds. A darkness fell upon this new nation. In the midst of the fight, the heroes of Fort McHenry were unmoved. The light of dawn overcame the darkness. The gallant flag hoisted above Fort McHenry, torn and battered, stood, victoriously observing a dejected enemy slowly retreating into the rising sun, inspiring the anthem of our nation. 220313 The spirit of Liberty, not to be denied. The Earthen star, Fort McHenry, a reminder of those brave patriots who having done all, stood and prevailed. It is why we stand today, honoring past present and future generations of freedom loving Americans when we hear the anthem and raise the star spangled banner. LARA TRUMP 220347 LARA TRUMP>> Good evening, America. I'm Lara Trump, daughter of Bob and Linda (?), sister to Kyle, mother to Luke and Carolina and the daughter-in-law of our 45th president, Donald J. Trump. But tonight I come to you simply as an American. My life began like many in our country. I grew up in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. My parents were small business owners and worked hard to make sure that my brother and I had everything we needed but not everything we wanted. 220419 My parents raised me to believe that in America I could achieve anything with hard work and determination. The opportunities available to me were limited only by the size of my ambition. That I should dream big and I did. Those very dreams are what led me to New York City. I heard the adage, if I can make it there, I can make it anywhere and I intended to do just that. Never in a million years did I think I would be on this stage tonight and certainly never thought I would end up with the last name "Trump." 220453 My seventh grade English teacher, Mrs. B, used to tell us, believe none of what you hear, half of what you read, and only what you're there to witness first hand. The meaning of those words never fully weighed on me until I met my husband and the Trump family. Any preconceived notion I had of this family disappeared immediately. They were warm and caring. They were hard workers. And they were down to Earth. They reminded me of my own family. They made me feel like I was home. Walking the halls of the Trump organization, I saw the same family environment. 220530 I also saw the countless women executives who thrived there year after year. Gender didn't matter. What mattered was the ability to get the job done. I learned this directly when, in 2016, my father-in-law asked me to help him win my cherished home state and my daughter's namesake, North Carolina. Though I had no political experience, he believed in me. He knew I was capable even if I didn't. 220558 So it didn't surprise me when president Donald Trump appointed so many women to senior level positions in his administration -- Secretary of the United Nations, secretary of the air force, the first female CIA director, the first black female director of the fish and wildlife service and countless ambassadors just to name a few. Under President Trump's leadership, women's unemployment hit the lowest level since World War II. 220624 4.3 million new jobs have been created for women. In 2019 alone, women took over 70% of all new jobs. Female small business ownership remains at an all-time high, and 600,000 women have been lifted out of poverty, all since President Trump took office. 220643 He didn't do these things to gain a vote or check a box. He did them because they're the right things to do. 100 years ago today, the 19th amendment was ratified, granting the right to vote to every American woman. And since that day, incredible strides have been made by women in America. From Amelia Erhardt to Rosa parks and Sally Ride, women shaped our history and are part of what has made our country the most exceptional nation in the world. 220714 I often think back to my 24-year-old self driving alone in my car from North Carolina to New York City. And I think about what I'd tell myself now as we head towards the most critical election in modern history. This is not just a choice between Republican and Democrat or left and right. This is an election that will decide if we keep America America or if we head down an uncharted frightening path to socialism. 220743 Abraham Lincoln once famously said, "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." While those words were spoken over 150 years ago, never have they been more relevant. Will we choose the right path and maintain the unique freedoms and boundless opportunities that make this country the greatest in the history of the world? 220811 Will we remain the beacon of hope for those around the world fighting oppression, communism, and tyranny? The choice is ours. I know the promise of America, because I've lived it. Not just as a member of the Trump family, but as a woman who knows what it's like to work in blue collar jobs, to serve customers for tips, and to aspire to rise. When I look at my son Luke and my daughter Carolina, I wonder, what sort of country will I be leaving for them, for our future generations? 220843 In recent months, we've seen weak, spineless politicians seek control of our great American cities to violent mobs. Defund the police is the rallying cry for the new radical Democrat party. 220857 Joe Biden will not do what it takes to maintain order, to keep our children safe in our neighborhoods and in their schools, to restore our American way of life. We cannot dare to dream our biggest dreams for ourselves or for our children while consumed by worry about the safety of our families. President Trump is the law and order president, from our borders to our backyards. President Trump will keep America safe. President Trump will keep America prosperous. 220927 President Trump will keep America America. If you're watching tonight and wrestling with your vote on November 3, I implore you, tune out the distorted news and bias commentary and hear it straight from someone who knows. I wasn't born a trump. I'm from the south, I was raised a Carolina girl. I went to public schools and worked my way through a state university. Mrs. B from my seventh grade English class was right. 220957 What I learned about our president is different than what you might have heard. I learned that he's a good man. That he loves his family. That he didn't need this job. That no one on Earth works harder for the American people. That he's willing to fight for his beliefs and for the people and the country that he loves. 221018 He's a person of conviction. He's a fighter and will never stop fighting for America. He will uphold our values. He will preserve our families and he will build upon the great American edict that our union will never be perfect until opportunity is equal for all, including and especially for women. 221040 Our 40th president, Ronald Reagan, said it best: "The dreams of people may differ, but everybody wants their dreams to come true." And America, above all places, gives us the freedom to do that. It's up to us to keep this country a place where no dream is out of reach for our children and generations beyond. To my father-in-law, thank you for believing in me. 221105 Thank you for bravely leading this country and thank you for continuing to fight every day for America. May god bless and protect the Gulf states in the path of the hurricane. May god bless our troops, and may god continue to bless this incredible country. SAM VIGIL 221140 VIGIL>> Good evening. My name is Sam Vigil. There is a hole in my heart since my beloved Jackie was taken from me. This is her story. There were two things that Jackie loved to do every day. One was to go to the gym and tweet out bible verses and prayers to her friends. On November 19, the tweets stopped. That day started out like any other day. She left for the gym early in the morning. I heard the garage door open. Seconds later, I heard the car horn. 221212 I went outside to see if she had forgotten something. What I saw was a jeep blocking her car in the driveway. I noticed the bullet hole in Jackie's window. I saw someone jumping into the jeep and speeding away. Jackie had just been shot and killed in cold blood. We think this was a carjacking gone wrong. Very wrong. Every time I open the garage door or stand in the driveway, I hear that horn. I see her slumped in the seat. 221243 Where -- when I go to bed at night, that sound and image haunt me. That is my life sentence. It's a sentence being served by too many families left behind by senseless killings. Albuquerque, where I live, is one of the most violent cities in the country. 221303 Fewer than 50% of homicides are solved. It is a sad irony that Jackie immigrated to the U.S. for a better life than her native Columbia only to be gunned down in her own driveway. For eight months, there were no arrests no leads in connection with Jackie's murder. The Albuquerque police were overwhelmed. They needed help. Help arrived when president trump launched operation legend in July of this year. Almost immediately the FBI took over Jackie's case. In a matter of days, they arrested four people. 221341 The fifth suspect killer was arrested in Texas on unrelated charges. He is an illegal immigrant with a long criminal record. He had been deported in September and had come back in October to terrorize our community. I am extremely grateful to President Trump and the FBI for their efforts to deliver justice for Jackie and all the other innocent victims of violent crime. I'm honored to support the president because he is supporting us. I know he will never stop fighting for justice, for law and order. for peace, security, and our communities. CLARENCE HENDERSON 211424 CLARENCE HENDERSON>> Greetings, my fellow Americans. I am Clarence Henderson. There's been movements that have changed the course of history. Among the most extraordinary was the civil rights movement. 60 years ago, segregation was legal and enforced. The simple act of sitting at a lunch counter could lead to physical harm, jail time or worse. 221449 I know from personal experience. Walking into Woolworth's Department Store on Fairway and Second, 1960, I knew it was unlike any day I'd experienced before. My friends had been denied service the day before because of the color of their skin. We knew it wasn't right. But when we went back the next day, I didn't know whether I was going to come out in a vertical or prone position, in handcuffs or on a stretcher or even in a body bag. 221524 By sitting down to order a cup of coffee, we challenged injustice. We knew it was necessary, but we didn't know what would happen. We faced down the KKK. We were cursed at and called all kinds of names. They threatened to kill us and some of us were arrested, but it was worth it. 221548 Our actions inspired similar protests throughout the south against racial injustice. And in the end, segregation was abolished and our country moved a step closer to true equality for all. That's what actual peaceful protest can accomplish. America isn't perfect. We're always improving. But the great thing about this country is that it's not where you come from. It's where you're going. 221616 I was born on what some would call the wrong side of the tracks. I don't even have a birth certificate. I never attended an integrated school. And I'm the only one out of my immediate family who graduated from college, an hbcu. I'm a military veteran and a civil rights activist. And you know what else? I'm a Republican. And I support Donald Trump. If that sounds strange, you don't know your history. It was a Republican party that passed the 13th amendment, abolishing slavery. 221654 It was the Republican Party that passed the 14th Amendment, giving Black men citizenship. It was the Republican party that passed the 15th amendment, giving Black men the right to vote. Freedom of thought is a powerful thing. There are Americans, voters all over the country who media is trying to convince to conform to the same old Democratic talking points. You know what that will get you? The same old results. Joe Biden had the audacity to say if you don't vote for him, you ain't Black. Well, to that I say: if you do vote for Biden, you don't know history. 221733 Donald Trump is not a politician. He's a leader. Politicians are a dime a dozen. Leaders are priceless. The record funding Trump gave HBCUs is priceless, too. So are the record number of jobs he created for the black community and the investment he drove into our neighborhoods with tax incentives and opportunity Zones. And so are the lives he restored by passing criminal justice reform where 91% of the inmates released are black. 221807 These achievements demonstrate that Donald Trump truly cares about black lives. His policies show his heart. He's done more for black Americans in four years than Joe Biden has done in 50. Donald Trump is offering real and lasting change, an unprecedented opportunity to rise. A country that embraces the spirit of the civil rights movement of the 60s. 221835 A place where people are judged by the content of their character, their talents and abilities, not by the color of their skin. This is the America I was fighting for 60 years ago. this is the America Donald Trump is fighting for today. Let's all join in this fight for re-electing president trump on November 3. Thank you. RICHARD GRENELL 221904 GRENELL>> During the presidential debates four years ago, one outsider stood alone and said in public what most Americans thought in private. It was 14 years after the start of the war in Afghanistan and 12 years after the invasion of Iraq, where thousands of American troops had died and trillions in taxpayer dollars had been spent. And yet no candidate could bring themselves to admit that something had gone badly wrong with American foreign policy. 221935 But the American voter, the American soldier and the American taxpayer had always been let down. Except for one, Donald Trump. He called America's endless wars what they were -- a disaster. The media was shocked because Donald Trump was running as a Republican. And yet, he said out loud what we all knew, that American foreign policy was failing to make Americans safer. 222009 After the end of the cold war, Democrats and Republicans in Washington bought into the illusion that the whole world would start to resemble America, and so they started to pursue unlimited globalization. They welcomed China into the World Trade Organization. They engaged in nation building in Afghanistan, and tried to export democracy to Iraq. 222034 They signed a nuclear deal with Iran and a global climate agreement in Paris. But they didn't ground any of it in the interests of the average American. So for decades while Washington politicians built a global system, American wages stagnated. Our great cities and industries were hollowed out. Entire communities were devastated. 222059 And our manufacturing plants were shipped off to China. That's what happened when Washington stopped being the capitol of the United States and started being the capitol of the world. As the U.S. Ambassador to Germany, I had a front row seat to Donald Trump's America first foreign policy. I wish American could see how president trump negotiates on their behalf. 222126 I've watched President Trump charm the chancellor of Germany while insisting that Germany pay its NATO obligations. I was proud to witness President Trump say to foreign leaders, I don't blame you for wanting America to pay for your security. I actually respect you for out- negotiating the presidents before me. But it stops with me. I won't let the American taxpayer be taken advantage of. Donald Trump's administration has always made clear that our priority is the American people's security. 222203 That's the job of all leaders, to put their people first. And we've seen how this strategy has succeeded. In four short years, Donald Trump has led even some Washington Democrats to agree on the Chinese threat, on trade deals that benefit America first, on alliances that share responsibility. In four years, Donald Trump didn't start any new wars. He brought troops home. 222231 He rebuilt the military and signed peace deals that make Americans safer. The Washington elites want you to think this kind of foreign policy is immoral. And so they call it nationalist. That tells you all you need to know. The DC crowd thinks when they call Donald trump a nationalist, they're insulting him. As if the American president isn't supposed to base foreign policy on America's national interests. 222301 A return to the Biden way of thinking means America gives the radical terrorist regime in Tehran a planeload of cash in the middle of the night. Well you see, president trump also sent an aircraft in the middle of the night to deal with Iran. But that plane was on a different mission. An air strike to take out the head of Iran's terror machine who plotted the deaths of Americans. 222327 But we also must be clear that when those who seek freedom take tremendous personal risk in places like Hong Kong, Tehran or Minsk there's no doubt who president trump's administration supports. We will always stand with the people the who fight for their god-given freedoms. Don't be fooled. The Washington establishment is trying to sell you on their candidate. 222358 Joe Biden was first elected to the Senate in 1972, 48 years ago. Well, it's actually the typical Washington story. Just this year, 22 Democrats ran for President. They rejected all of the outsiders and nominated the ultimate Washington insider, someone that they had to pull out of retirement. 222424 Every time Joe Biden offers a new idea, you should ask yourself: why didn't he try that over the last 48 years? Today, the Democrats blame a global pandemic that started in China on President Trump, and they still blame Russia for Hillary Clinton's loss in 19-- in 2016. As acting director of national intelligence, I saw the Democrats' entire case for Russian collusion. 222451 And what I saw made me sick to my stomach. The Obama-Biden administration secretly launched a surveillance operation on the Trump campaign and silenced the many brave intelligence officials who spoke up against it. They presented bogus information as facts. They lied to judges, then they classified anything that undermined their case. And after Donald Trump won the election, when they should have continued the American tradition of helping the President-Elect transition into the White House, they tried instead to undercut him even more. 222533 Former vice president Joe Biden asked intelligence officials to uncover the hidden information on President Trump's incoming national security adviser three weeks before the inauguration. That's the Democrats. Between surveillance, classifications, leaks and puppet candidates, they never want the American people to know who is actually calling the shots. 222557 But with Donald Trump, you always know exactly who is in charge. Because the answer is you. You're in charge. Not lobbyists, not special interests. Not warmongers or China sympathizers or globalization fanatics. With Donald Trump and Mike Pence in the white house, the boss is the American people. President Trump rightly calls his foreign policy "America first." 222630 America first does not advance the interests of one group of Americans at the expense of another. It has no bias about red or blue, educated or not educated, urban or rural. America first is simply the belief that politicians should focus on the equality and dignity of every American. And that this duty is fulfilled by promoting the safety and wealth of the American people above all else. That's America first. That's the trump doctrine and that, my friends, is four more years. [RNC VIDEO] 222724 VO>> By dawn's early light, millions of Americans give thanks for this land, our liberties and those who defend it. That same pride inspired the words of our National Anthem, penned here as the smoke of battle lifted over two centuries ago. When those American soldiers bravely fought and died, repelling the British onslaught, they did so not only for our people which that flag represented, but for our principles for which the flag stood. 222754 Our god-given freedoms, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, equality under the law, government by the people. These are the threads that bind us together as Americans. For we're not a nation born of blood, but of belief. 222813 And even though that old flag has sometimes been battered and beaten, faded and forgotten, fired upon and set ablaze, there are heroes throughout our history who have picked up those tattered strands, mended them, and raised our flag anew. 222830 Just as the soldiers at Fort McHenry fought in defense of the beliefs that bind us today, there are new leaders who have devoted their life to do the same. 222846 MIKE PENCE (ON VIDEO)>> Greetings across the amber waves of grain, this is Mike pence. VO>> Across Indiana highways and homes, his voice warmly welcomed hoosiers each morning. Mike Pence filled the radio waves with conservative commentary, guarding our American ideals. But much like the man who inspired him, Mike didn't grow up a Republican. 222907 MIKE PENCE (VO)>> As president Reagan said, freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. >> His grandfather was a hard-working Irish immigrant who drove a bus to provide for his family. His father served our nation bravely in the Korean war and earned a bronze star. Mike was the third of six children raised here in Columbus, Indiana, with a cornfield in his backyard. 222930 MIKE PENCE (ON VIDEO)>> The foundation of America is freedom, and the foundation of freedom is faith. VO>> It was in this small Indiana town, his foundation of faith in Jesus Christ was laid. And from that conviction, sprung his love of people and service to others. It was at a church service where Mike met the love of his life, Karen. They married and have three children, Michael, Charlotte, and Audrey. MIKE PENCE (ON VIDEO)>> I'm a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order. 223000 VO>> Mike became the President of Free-Market Think Tank, the host of a statewide conservative radio show, and then a Congressman. In Washington, Mike quickly became known as a foremost defender of freedom. He led conservatives in the fight to protect our time-honored values of family, faith, life, liberty, and limited government. 223023 MIKE PENCE (ON VIDEO)>> Our nation's strength begins at homes, because strong families make a strong America. VO>> Mike earned the trust of the people of his state, and became the 50th governor of Indiana. He delivered the largest state tax cut in Indiana history, expanded school choice, led the country in manufacturing, and helped more hoosiers get to work than ever before, but he wasn't through. 223045 DAVID MUIR (ON VIDEO)>> ABC news has learned that Donald Trump will choose Indiana governor Mike pence to be his running mate. TRUMP (ON VIDEO)>> I would like to introduce a man who I truly believe will be the next vice president of the United States. Governor Mike pence. 223102 VO>> As our vice president, Mike Pence has held tightly to those threads of freedom, woven through our history. Leading with those principles alongside president trump, our nation experienced prosperity like never before. TRUMP (ON VIDEO)>> He is solid as a rock. He's been a fantastic vice president. 223120 VO>> And now in these uncertain days, we are equipped to overcome. In times of trouble, some call to retreat from those ideals. But Americans throughout history have lifted them in triumph, hope, and resilience. Mike pence knows those stars and stripes do not merely represent who we are, but more importantly, what we can be. 223147 As the sun rises again on America, we lift our eyes to those lofty truths, to guide our country and every one of us to greater heights. In this land of the free and home of the brave. Vice president Mike pence. 223227 [MIKE AND KAREN PENCE ENTER] 223227 >> Please welcome the vice president of the United States, Mike Pence. Accompanied by the second lady, Mrs. Karen Pence. MIKE PENCE 223327 [CROWD CHANTS "FOUR MORE YEARS] 223336 MIKE PENE>> Good evening, America. It's an honor to speak to you tonight from the hallowed grounds of Fort McHenry. The site of the very battle that inspired the words of our national anthem. Those words have inspired this land of heroes in every generation since. It was on this site 206 years ago when our young republic heroically withstood a ferocious naval bombardment from the most powerful empire on Earth. 223409 They came to crush our revolution, to divide our nation, and to end the American experiment. The heroes who held this fort took their stand for life, liberty, freedom and the American flag, and those ideals have defined our nation. 223434 But they were hardly ever mentioned at last week's Democratic national convention. Instead Democrats spent four days attacking America. Joe Biden said that we were living through a season of darkness. But as president trump said, where Joe Biden sees American darkness, we see American greatness. 223512 In these challenging times, our country needs a president who believes in America, who believes in the boundless capacity of the American people, to meet any challenge, defeat any foe, and defend the freedoms we hold dear. America needs four more years of president Donald Trump in the white house. 223540 Before I go forward, allow me to say a word to the families and communities in the path of Hurricane Laura. Our prayers are with you tonight, and our administration is working closely with authorities in the states that will be impacted. FEMA has mobilized resources and supplies for those in harm's way. This is a serious storm and we urge all of those in the affected areas to heed state and local authorities, stay safe and know that we'll be with you every step of the way, to support, rescue, respond, and recover in the days and weeks ahead. 223618 That's what Americans do. [ Applause ] Four years ago I answered the call to join this ticket because I knew that Donald Trump had the leadership and the vision to make America great again. And for the last four years I've watched this president endure unrelenting attacks but get up every day and fight to keep the promises that he made to the American people. 223652 So, with gratitude for the confidence president Donald Trump has placed in me, the support of our Republican party and the grace of god, I humbly accept your nomination to run and serve as Vice President of the United States. [applause/cheers] 223737 [crowd chants "FOUR MORE YEARS] 223740 Serving the American people in this office has been a journey I never expected. It's a journey that would not have been possible without the support of my family, beginning with my wonderful wife Karen. [ Applause ] 223801 She's a life-long school teacher, an incredible mother to our 3 children. And she's one outstanding second lady of the United States. I'm so proud of you. [ Applause ] And we couldn't be more proud of our three children: Marine Corps captain, Michael J. Pence, and his wife Sara. 223827 Our daughter Charlotte pence Bond, an author and wife to lieutenant Henry Bond who is currently deployed and serving our nation in the United States Navy. [ Applause ] 223845 And our youngest, a recent law school grad, our daughter Audrey and her fiance who like so many other Americans had to delay their wedding this summer. But we can't wait for Dan to be a part of our family. [ Applause ] In addition, my wife and kids, the person who's shaped my life the most is also with us tonight. 223916 My mom, Nancy. [ Applause ] She is the daughter of an irish immigrant, 87 years young. Mom follows politics very closely. And the truth be told, sometimes I think I'm actually her second favorite candidate on the trump/pence ticket. 223947 Thank you, Mom. I love you. Over the past 4 years, I've had the privilege to work closely with our President. I've seen him when the cameras are off. Americans see President Trump is lots if different ways. But there's not doubt how President Trump sees America. 224012 He sees America for what it is: a nation that has done more good in this world than any other, a nation that deserves far more gratitude than grievance. And if you want a president who falls silent when our heritage is demeaned or insulted, he's not your man. [ Applause ] 224041 Now we came by very different routes to this partnership, and some people think we're a little bit different. But you know, I've learned a few things watching him. Watching him deal with all that we've been through over the past four years. He does things in his own way, on his own terms. 224103 Not much gets past him, and when he has an opinion, he's liable to share it. [laughter] He's certainly kept things interesting. But more importantly, president Donald Trump has kept his word to the American people. [ Applause ] 224130 In a city known for talkers, President Trump is a doer. And few presidents have brought more Independence, energy or determination to that office. Four years ago, we inherited a military hollowed out by devastating budget cuts, an economy struggling to break out of the slowest recovery since the great depression. ISIS controlled a land mass twice the size of Pennsylvania, and we witnessed a steady assault on our most cherished values -- freedom of religion and the right to life. That's when president Donald Trump stepped in. 224211 And from day one, he kept his word. We rebuilt our military. [ Applause ] This president signed the largest increase in our national defense since the days of Ronald Reagan and created the first new branch of our armed forces in 70 years, the United States space force. [ Cheers and applause ] 224241 And with that renewed energy, we also returned American astronauts to space on an American rocket for the first time in nearly 10 years. And after years of scandal that robbed our veterans of the care that you earned in the uniform of the United States, president trump kept his word again. We reformed the va and veterans choice is now available for every veteran in America. [ Applause ] 224319 Our armed forces and our veterans fill this land of heroes, and many join us tonight in this historic fort. Tonight, we have among us four recipients of the medal of honor, [ Applause ] six recipients of the purple heart, [ Applause ] a gold star mother of a gallant Navy S.E.A.L. [ Applause ] and wounded warriors from Soldiers Strong, a group that serves our injured veterans every day. 224401 We are honored by your presence and we thank you for your service. [ Applause ] 224429 With heroes just like these, we defend this nation every day. And under this commander in chief, we've taken the fight to radical islamic terrorists on our terms on their soil. Last year, American armed forces took the last inch of ISIS territory, crushed their caliphate and took down their leader without one American causality. [ Applause ] 224457 And I was there when president trump gave the order to take out the world's most dangerous terrorist, Iran's top general will never harm another American because qassem soleimani is gone. [ Cheers and applause ] 224518 My fellow Americans, you deserve to know, Joe Biden criticized President Trump following those decisions, decisions to rid the world of two terrorist leaders. But it's not surprising, because history records that Joe Biden even opposed the operation that took down Osama bin Laden. It's no wonder that the secretary of the defense under the Obama/Biden administration once said that Joe Biden has been, and I quote, "wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades." 224602 So we've stood up to our enemies and we've stood with our allies, like when President Trump kept his word and moved the American Embassy to Jerusalem, [cheers/applause] the capital of the state of Israel, setting the stage for the first Arab country to recognize Israel in 26 years. [ Applause ] 224628 Closer to home, we appointed more than 200 conservative judges to our federal courts. We supported the right to life and all the god given liberties enshrined in our constitution, including the second amendment, right to keep and bear arms. [applause] And when it came to the economy, President Trump kept his word and then some. We passed the largest tax cut and reform in American history. 224655 We rolled back more federal red tape than any administration ever had. We unleashed American energy and fought for free and fair trade. And in our first three years, businesses large and small created more than 7 million good-paying jobs, including 500,000 manufacturing jobs all across America. [ Applause ] 224722 Our country became a net exporter of energy for the first time in 70 years. Unemployment rates for African-Americans and hispanic Americans hit the lowest level ever recorded. 224733 And on this 100th anniversary of the women's right to vote, I'm proud to report that under President Donald Trump, we achieved the lowest unemployment rate for women in 65 years. [ Applause ] And more Americans working than ever before. In our first three years, we built the greatest economy in the world. We made America great again. [ Applause ] 224807 And then, the coronavirus struck from China. Before the first case of the coronavirus spread within the United States, the President took unprecedented action and suspended all travel from China, the second largest economy in the world. Now, that action saved untold American lives, and I can tell you firsthand, it bought us invaluable time to launch the greatest national mobilization since World War II. 224841 President Trump marshalled the full resources of our federal government from the outset. He directed us to forge a seamless partnership with governors across America, in both political parties. We partnered with private industry to reinvent testing and produce supplies that we -- that were distributed to hospitals around the land. 224905 Today we're conducting more than 800,000 tests a day and we have coordinated the delivery of billions of pieces of personal protective equipment for our amazing doctors, nurses and health care workers. [ Applause ] We saw to the manufacture of 100,000 ventilators in 100 days and no one who required a ventilator was ever denied a ventilator in the United States. [ Applause ] 224945 We built hospitals, surged military medical personnel, and enacted an economic rescue package that saved 50 million American jobs. And as we speak, we're developing a growing number of treatments known as therapeutics, including convalescent plasma that are saving lives all across America. Now, last week, Joe Biden said that no miracle is coming. 225015 Well, what Joe doesn't seem to understand is that America is a nation of miracles. [ Applause ] And I'm proud to report that we're on track to have the world's first safe, effective coronavirus vaccine by the end of this year. [ Applause ] 225042 After all the sacrifice in this year like no other, all the hardship, we're finding our way forward again. But tonight, our hearts are with all of the families who have lost loved ones and have family members still struggling with serious illness. In this country, we mourn with those who mourn, we grieve with those who grieve. And this night, I know that millions of Americans will pause and pray for god's comfort for each of you. 225123 You know, our country doesn't get through such a time unless its people find strength within. The response of doctors, nurses, first responders, farmers, factory workers, truckers and everyday Americans who put the health and safety of their neighbors first has been nothing short of heroic. [ Applause ] 225154 Veronica Saez put on her scrubs every day, day in and day out went to work in one of New York City's busiest hospitals. She stayed on the job, put in the long hours until it was done and then got back in her neighborhood and helped neighbors and friends struggling. Her brother William is a New York City firefighter and they're both emblematic of heroes all across this country. 225231 They're with us tonight, and I say to them and to all of you: you have earned the admiration of the American people, and we will always be grateful for your service and care. [applause] 225309 Thanks to the courage and compassion of the American people, we're slowing the spread. We're protecting the vulnerable, and we're saving lives. And we're opening up America again. Because of the strong foundation that President Trump poured in our first 3 years, we've already gained back 9.3 million jobs in the last three months alone. [cheers and applause] 225339 And we're not just opening up America again, we're opening up America's schools. [ Applause ] 225351 And I'm proud to report that my wife, Karen, that school teacher I've been married to will be returning to her classroom next week. And so to all of our heroic teachers and faculty and staff, thank you for being there for our kids. We're going to stay with you every step of the way. [ Applause ] 225417 In the days ahead as we open up America again, I promise you, we'll continue to put the health of America first. 225425 And as we work to bring this economy back, we all have a role to play, and we all have a choice to make. On November 3rd, you need to ask yourself, who do you trust to rebuild this economy? A career politician who presided over the slowest economic recovery since the great depression, or a proven leader who created the greatest economy in the world? 225456 The choice is clear. To bring America all the way back, we need four more years of president Donald Trump in the white house. [ Cheers and applause ] 225523 My fellow Americans, we're passing through a time of testing. When, in the midst of this global pandemic, just as our nation had begun to recover, we've seen violence and chaos in the streets of our major cities. 225538 President Trump and I will always support the right of Americans to peaceful protest. But rioting and looting is not peaceful protest. Tearing down statues is not free speech, and those who do so will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. [ Applause ] 225605 Last week Joe Biden didn't say one word about the violence and chaos engulfing cities across this country. So let me be clear, the violence must stop. Whether in Minneapolis, Portland or Kenosha. Too many heroes have died defending our freedom to see Americans strike each other down. 225629 We will have law and order on the streets of this country for every American of every race and creed and color. [ Cheers and applause ] President Trump and I know that the men and women that put on the uniform of law enforcement are the best of us. Every day, when they walk out that door, they consider our lives more important than their own. 225715 People like Dave Patrick Underwood, an officer in the Department of Homeland Security's federal protective service who was shot and killed during the riots in Oakland, California. Dave's heroism is emblematic of the heroes that serve in blue every day. And we're privileged tonight to be joined by his sister, Angela. 225745 Angela, we say to you, we -- we grieve with your family, and America will never forget or fail to honor officer Dave Patrick Underwood. [ Applause ] 225809 The American people know we don't have to choose between supporting law enforcement and standing with our African-American neighbors to improve the quality of their lives, education, jobs, and safety. 225827 And from the first days of this administration, we've done both. And we will keep supporting law enforcement and keep supporting our African-American and minority communities across this land for four more years. (standing ovation) Now, Joe Biden says that America is systematically racist. 225904 And that law enforcement in America has, and I quote, "an implicit bias" against minorities. When asked whether he'd support cutting funding to law enforcement, Joe Biden replied, "Yes, absolutely." Joe Biden would double down on the very policies that are leading to violence in America's cities. 225934 The hard truth is, you won't be safe in Joe Biden's America. And under President Trump, we will always stand with those who stand on the thin blue line, and we're not going to defund the police, not now, not ever. [ Cheers and applause ] 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 08262020 230000 2020 230010 My fellow Americans, we're passing through a time of testing. But soon, we will come to a time for choosing. Joe Biden has referred to himself as a transition candidate. And many were asking, transition to what? 230024 Last week Democrats didn't talk very much about their agenda. And if I were them, I wouldn't either. [ Laughter ] I mean Bernie Sanders did tell his followers that Joe Biden would be the most liberal president in modern times. In fact, he said, and I quote, that many of the ideas he fought for, that just a few years ago were considered radical, are now mainstream in the democratic party. 230059 At the root of their agenda, is the belief that America is driven by envy, not aspiration. That millions of Americans harbor ill will toward our neighbors, instead of loving our neighbors as ourselves. The radical left believes that the federal government must be involved in every aspect of our lives to correct those American wrongs. They believe the federal government needs to dictate how Americans live, how we should work, how we should raise our children. 230133 And in the process, deprive our people of freedom, prosperity and security. Their agenda is based on government control. Our agenda is based on freedom. [Applause] 230152 Where President Trump cut taxes, Joe Biden wants to raise taxes by nearly 4 trillion dollars. Where this President achieved energy independence for the United States, Joe Biden would abolish fossil fuels, end fracking, and impose a regime of climate change regulations that would drastically increase the cost of living for working families. Where we fought for free and fair trade and this president stood up to China and ended the era of economic surrender, Joe Biden has been a cheerleader for communist China. 230228 He wants to repeal all of the tariffs that are leveling the playing field for American workers and he actually criticized president trump for suspending all travel to China at the outset of this pandemic. Joe Biden is for open borders, sanctuary cities, free lawyers and health care for illegal immigrants. President trump, he secured our border and built nearly 300 miles of that border wall. [ Applause ] Joe Biden wants to end school choice. 230308 And President Trump believes that every parent should have the right to choose where their children go to school, regardless of their income or area code. [ Applause ] President Trump -- President Trump has stood without apology for the sanctity of human life, every day of this administration. Joe Biden, he supports taxpayer funding of abortion, right up to the moment of birth. 230342 When you consider their agenda, it's clear. Joe Biden would be nothing more than a Trojan horse for the radical left. The choice in this election has never been clearer, and the stakes have never been higher. Last week, Joe Biden said democracy is on the ballot. And the truth is, our economic recovery is on the ballot. 230408 Law and order are on the ballot. But so are things far more fundamental and foundational to our country. In this election it's not so much whether America will be more conservative or more liberal, more Republican or more Democrat. The choice in this election is whether America remains America. 230435 It's whether we will leave to our children and grandchildren a country grounded in our highest ideals of freedom, free markets, and the unalienable right to life and liberty, or whether we will leave them a country that is fundamentally transformed into something else. We stand at a crossroads, America. 230458 President Trump has set our nation on a path of freedom and opportunity. Joe Biden would set America on a path of socialism and decline, but we're not going to let it happen. [ Applause ] 230520 President Donald Trump believes in America and in the goodness of the American people, the boundless potential of every American to live out their dreams in freedom and, every day, President Trump has been fighting to protect the promise of America. 230537 Every day our president has been fighting to expand the reach of the American dream. Every day president Donald Trump has been fighting for you. And now it's our turn to fight for him. (applause) 230603 On this night in the company of heroes, I'm deeply grateful. Deeply grateful for the privilege of serving as vice president of this great nation, and to have the opportunity to serve again. I pray to be worthy of it, and I will give that duty all that's in me. In the year 2020, the American people have had more than our share of challenges. But, thankfully, we have a president with the toughness, energy, and resolve to see us through. 220641 Now, those traits actually run in our national character. As the invading force learned on approach to this fort, in September of 1814, against fierce and sustained bombardment, our young country was defended by heroes, not so different from those who are with us tonight. The enemy was counting on them to quit, but they never did. 230718 Fort McHenry, held and when morning came, our flag was still here. [ Applause ] My fellow Americans, we're going through a time of testing. But if you look through the fog of these challenging times, you will see. Our flag is still there today. 230756 That star-spangled banner still waves over the land of the free and the home of the brave. From these hallowed grounds, American patriots in generations gone by did their part to defend freedom. Now it's our turn. So let's run the race marked out for us. 230829 Let's fix our eyes on old glory and all she represents. Let's fix our eyes on this land of heros. And let their courage inspire. And let's fix our eyes on the author and perfecter of our faith and our freedom. And never forget that where the spirit of the lord is, there's freedom. That means freedom always wins. [ Cheers and applause ] 230910 My fellow Americans, thank you for the honor of addressing you tonight and the opportunity to run and serve again as your vice president. I leave here today inspired. And I leave here today more convinced than ever that we will do in our time, as Americans have done throughout our long and storied past. We will defend our freedom and our way of life. We will reelect our president and principled Republican leaders across the land. 230948 And with president Donald Trump in the White House for four more years, and with god's help, we will make America great again. Again. [ Applause ] Thank you. God bless you. And god bless the United States of America. [ Cheers and applause ] 231035 [DONALD AND MELANIA TRUMP ENTER] 231132 ["FOUR MORE YEARS" CHANTS] 231212 [TRACE ADKINS SINGING "STAR SPANGLED BANNER"] 231449 [DONALD AND MELANIA TRUMP GO TO CROWD] #### RNC Night 3 (#1): Re-upping schedule and preview Good evening from Charlotte, Jacksonville, Jerusalem, my living room (again!) for night 3 of the Republican National Convention. We are less than an hour away from the start of the primetime program, on a night featuring several notable speakers, including Vice President Pence and Karen Pence; Sens. Marsha Blackburn and Joni Ernst; Reps. Dan Crenshaw, Elise Stefanik and Lee Zeldin; Kellyanne Conway and Kayleigh McEnany. Tonight's theme: "America Land of Heroes." Below this email you'll find tonight's full schedule, plus background, courtesy of Alisa and Terrance (though please note that much of it is off-the-record prior to air). Notes from tonight's proceedings will all come chained as replies to this email. Despite many speeches being pre-taped, we'll be on particular lookout for reactions to the Kenosha shooting and ongoing protests, and to Hurricane Laura, and will be sure to flag any related comments. RNC Night 3 (#2): Legislators highlight law enforcement within 'heroes' theme 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7Cbb369fea80ee4499b55908d84a25e978%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340874074699417&sdata=nqIX44I9Rb5fKP8Ad9ehf71kZX4nYJhSPgdNGjqRCMA%3D&reserved=0> After another Jon Voight-narrated video to begin the evening, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem -- who has worked her way into President Trump's good graces recently, particularly following Trump's July 4 trip to Mt. Rushmore -- gave the first noteworthy remarks, arguing that "our founding principles are under attack," and took an ominous and potentially pandemic-related shot at "so-called experts" while discussing civil liberties. "America is unique in the world. Government's power at all levels is limited to the confines of our Constitution, which protects our God-given liberties and civil rights. We are not - and will not - be the subjects of an elite class of so-called experts. We the people are the government." (20:37:30) Noem also compared President Trump to Abraham Lincoln -- a comparison Trump likes to make himself when it comes to advancing the lives of Black Americans. "When he was just 28 years old, Honest Abe saw wild and furious passions, "worse than savage mobs," he said, taking the place of reasoned judgment. He was alarmed by the increasing disregard for the rule of law throughout the country." (20:37:59) "He was concerned for the people who had seen their property destroyed, their families attacked, and their lives threatened or even taken away. These good people were becoming tired of, and disgusted with, a government that offered them no protection. Sound familiar?" (20:38:37) Later, Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee focused much of her remarks on "the heroes of our law enforcement and armed services" including some lines critics are likely to seize upon amid the uproar over the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Blackburn did not specifically mention the shooting. "Leftists turned them into villains. They want to cancel them. But I'm here to tell you, these heroes can't be cancelled." (20:44:53) "I see law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every single day to keep our community safe, in spite of the hatred thrown at them." (20:45:30) "They say, we can't gather in community groups, but encourage protests, riots, and looting in the streets." (20:47:14) Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw picked up on that theme in some ways, comparing the heroism he witnessed as a Navy SEAL to the everyday heroism across the country. Like Blackburn, Crenshaw took clear shots at Democrats and this summer's racial justice protests. "It's the cop that gets spit on one day and will save a child's life the next." (20:50:30) "Heroism is self-sacrifice, not moralizing and lecturing over others when they disagree. Heroism is grace, not perpetual outrage. Heroism is rebuilding our communities, not destroying them. Heroism is renewing faith in the symbols that unite us, not tearing them down." (20:50:50) RNC Night 3 (#3): Women's issues spotlighted; McEnany gets personal 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7Cb445ea48026d4e3315de08d84a295790%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340888949873480&sdata=yhcX97SjhJ8t6aFLp9ZmPV%2BMQMFo5e%2Bmtp5rx%2FL%2Fv7E%3D&reserved=0> After a video on the women's suffrage movement, a trio of prominent women spoke to the convention. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany delivered deeply personal remarks about her choice to undergo a preventative mastectomy in 2018 and President Trump's support both shortly after the procedure and later while working White House, while balancing motherhood. "During one of my most difficult times, I expected to have the support of my family, but I had more support than I knew. As I came out of anesthesia, one of the first calls I received was from Ivanka Trump. Days later, as I recovered, my phone rang. It was President Trump, calling to check on me. I was blown away. Here was the leader of the free world caring about me." (21:06:05) She also echoed some of Trump's language about community safety and squeezed in what appeared to be a reference to the DNC pledge of allegiance controversy. "When I look into my baby's eyes, I see a new life, a miracle for which I have a solemn responsibility to protect.That means protecting America's future- a future President Trump will fight for where our neighborhoods are protected, where life is sacred, where God is cherished-- not taken out of our schools, removed from our Pledge, and erased from our history. I want my daughter to grow up in President Donald Trump's America." (21:07:47) Next, Second Lady Karen Pence highlighted the work of the armed services, referencing the service of her son and son-in-law, members of the Marines and Navy, respectively, and the difficulty many veterans encounter with PTSD. Referencing the 19th Amendment's centennial, she also put out a blanket call for Americans to vote -- something the administration's critics would argue that her husband and President Trump are making it more difficult to do. "100 years ago women secured the right to vote, so let's vote, America. Let's honor our heroes." (21:14:30) Afterward, Kellyanne Conway, promoted Trump's efforts to elevate women within the administration and argued that "empowerment" comes neither from social media slogans or "corporate handbooks." "This has been a century worth celebrating, but also a reminder that our democracy is young and fragile. A woman in a leadership role still can seem novel. Not so for President Trump. For decades, he has elevated women to senior positions in business and in government. He confides in and consults us, respects our opinions, and insists that we are on equal footing with the men. President Trump helped me shatter a barrier in the world of politics by empowering me to manage his campaign to its successful conclusion." (21:15:47) "For many of us, "women's empowerment" is not a slogan. It comes not from strangers on social media or sanitized language in a corporate handbook. It comes from the everyday heroes who nurture us, who shape us, and who believe in us." (21:16:17) RNC Night 3 (#4): Speakers attack Biden on abortion, faith; Cawthorn challenges conservatives 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7C9e032392ab3c40f3ea6708d84a2f3ff7%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340914175930792&sdata=I9rwYPAb%2FYIoGR4Iei6PhXjpPNcBEXxOS2x0e%2BF9ImE%3D&reserved=0> Abortion was the common thread between the remarks of Sister Dede Byrne of the community of the Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, and former college football coach Lou Holtz. Byrne shared details of her career as an Army doctor before entering the religious order in 2002, and used the experience to make her position on reproductive rights abundantly clear. "As followers of Christ, we are called to stand up for life and against the politically correct or fashionable today. We must fight against a legislative agenda that supports and even celebrates destroying life in the womb. In fact, the laws we create define how we see our humanity. And we must ask ourselves, what are we saying when we go into a womb and snuff out an insignificant, powerless, voiceless life." (21:22:44) She went on to make an inflammatory claim about the positions of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on the issue. "Donald Trump is the most pro-life President that this nation has ever had, defending life at all stages. His belief in the sanctity of life transcends politics. President Trump will stand up against Biden/Harris who are the most anti-life presidential ticket ever, even supporting the horrors of late-term abortion and infanticide." (21:23:45) Holtz later pointed to the subject to explain his support of Trump, while launching another attack on Biden's faith. "One of the important reasons he has my trust is because nobody has been a stronger advocate for the unborn than President Trump. The Biden-Harris ticket is the most radically pro-abortion campaign in history. They and other politicians are "Catholics in Name Only" and abandon innocent lives. President Trump protects those lives." (21:27:23) Later, New York Rep. Elise Stefanik gave a relatively traditional convention speech, describing her upstate New York district and telling her American dream story: the first in her family to go to college, small business success and election as the youngest Republican woman in House history. She also touted her work as a member of President Trump's impeachment defense (only the second mention of the word "impeachment" in three days), using it to bash the media and Democrats, who she later also characterized in now-boilerplate fashion as socialists. "President Trump has fought tirelessly to deliver results for all Americans, despite the Democrats' baseless and illegal impeachment sham and the media's endless obsession with it. I was proud to lead the effort standing up for the Constitution, President Trump, and most importantly the American people. This attack was not just on the President, it was an attack on you - your voice and your vote." (21:35:09) "But the American people were not swayed by these partisan attacks. Our support for President Trump is stronger than ever before." (21:35:23) From a former "Baby of the House" to the potential next holder of that title. 25-year-old North Carolina 11th Congressional District candidate Madison Cawthorn spoke of the car accident that left him partially paralyzed at 18, but of his decision, in its aftermath to "fight for our future" after his wheelchair initially made him feel "invisible." "This is a time of great adversity for our country. And I know something about adversity." (21:37:26) Cawthorn noted that several of the Founding Fathers had their first tastes of government and military leadership in their 20s (though he incorrectly claimed James Madison signed the Declaration of Independence - h/t Kelsey Walsh) "In times of peril, young people saved this country abroad and at home. We held the line, scaled cliffs, crossed oceans, liberated camps and cracked codes." (21:39:32) Interestingly, he also issued a charge to his fellow Republicans, challenging them to be clearer about their ideas and policies. "To conservatives, let's define what we support and win the argument in areas like health care and the environment." (21:40:31) There was also a nice moment at the end of his remarks during which Cawthorn stood while reciting part of the Pledge of Allegiance. (21:41:23) RNC Night 3 (#5): Remarks on China, coronavirus, agriculture as speakers jump topic-to-topic 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7C92c74d7709dd43420f5c08d84a31c317%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340924953504603&sdata=kbPL5btX2PfhIypqyawNq7oWfP9p3rij4sL3FHlbKTU%3D&reserved=0> Chinese dissident Chen Guangchen described that country's Communist Party as an "enemy of humanity" and accused it of covering up the coronavirus pandemic, while criticizing the Obama-Biden administration for a policy of "appeasement." "The U.S. must use its values of freedom, democracy, and the role of law to gather a coalition of other democracies to stop CCP's aggression. President Trump has led on this, and we need the other countries to join him in this fight. A fight for our future. Standing up to fight and fairness isn't easy. I know. So does President Trump. But he has shown the courage to lead that fight." (21:48:56) New York Rep. Lee Zeldin, who had been listed earlier in the schedule, but spoke over midway through, devoted a larger proportion of his remarks to the pandemic than nearly any other speaker through the first three days. Zeldin spoke of the health challenges faced by his daughters before turning to the efforts undertaken by the administration to combat the coronavirus. "When I learned my county's PPE stockpile was depleted, I immediately thought of those healthcare workers who saved my baby girls. Jared Kushner and I were on the phone late into that Saturday night. The very next day, President Trump announced he was sending us 200,000 N-95 masks. He actually delivered almost 400,000. That number quickly grew to 1.2 million masks, gowns, and more. The President sent thousands of ventilators to New York. He deployed the USS Comfort and converted the Javits Center to a field hospital." (21:51:25) "His administration authorized our lab testing requests at blinding speed. During a once in a century pandemic, an unforeseeable crisis sent to us from a far away land, the president's effort for New York was phenomenal." (21:51:56) Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa, in the midst of a competitive campaign of her own, spoke about the recent derecho that wiped out one-third of the state's crops, and thanked Trump for immediately approving disaster aid. She further honed-in on agriculture while criticizing Democrats, and making a few less-than-truthful claims about the Green New Deal "I can't recall an administration more hostile to farmers than Obama-Biden, unless you count the Biden-Harris ticket. The Democratic Party of Joe Biden is pushing this so-called Green New Deal. If given power, they would essentially ban animal agriculture and eliminate gas-powered cars. It would destroy the agriculture industry, not just here in Iowa, but throughout the country." (21:57:31) RNC Night 3 (#6): Lara Trump on meeting the family; Richard Grenell on foreign policy and 'charming' Merkel 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7C9f499e9f2dcc4065864108d84a36bfa5%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340946365837028&sdata=V9WrWu5Icu9soTZ80sBjYwGIVi3EzRPplTR01rO0%2BSM%3D&reserved=0> (Pence highlights TK via Gomez; h/t to Farrell, Gingello, Johnson, Levine, & McNish for the logs) Lara Trump, the president's daughter-in-law, and a now-seasoned public speaker and advocate through her role as a campaign adviser, gave another only-in-this-country speech, in which she spoke of her small business-owner parents and her New York City dreams, while offering a peek behind the curtain of the Trump family and highlighting women's issues yet again. "Any preconceived notion I had of this family disappeared immediately. They were warm and caring, they were hard workers, and they were down to earth. They reminded me of my own family - they made me feel like I was home." (22:04:53) "Walking the halls of the Trump Organization, I saw the same family environment. I also saw, first-hand, the countless women executives who thrived there, year after year." (22:05:22) She went on to detail how she became involved in the 2016 campaign, claiming his trust in her was a reflection of his support of all women, and perhaps reveling her father-in-law's lax employment vetting standards. "Though I had no political experience, he believed in me and supported me - he knew I was capable even if I didn't." (22:05:50) "So, it didn't surprise me when President Donald Trump appointed the most women to senior level positions of any administration in history. The Secretary of the United Nations, Secretary of the Air Force, the first female CIA Director, the first African American female director of the Fish and Wildlife service and countless ambassadors, just to name a few." (22:05:58) "He didn't do these things to gain a vote or to check a box - he did them because they are the right things to do." (22:06:43) After later pledging that the president will "keep America America," Lara Trump made a personal appeal to undecided voters, referencing her seventh grade teacher who once told her to "believe none of what you hear, half of what you read and only what you're there to witness firsthand." "If you're watching tonight and wrestling with your vote on November 3rd, I implore you: tune out the distorted news and biased commentary and hear it straight from someone who knows. I wasn't born a Trump. I'm from the South. I was raised a Carolina girl. I went to public schools and worked my way through a state university. Mrs. B from my seventh grade English class was right - what I learned about our president is different than what you might have heard." (22:09:27) "I learned that he is a good man. That he loves his family. That he didn't need this job. That no one on Earth works harder for the American people. That he's willing to fight for his beliefs, and for the people -- and the country -- that he loves." (22:09:57) Later, former Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell harkened back to 2016, touting Trump, who, during that cycle's debates "stood alone and said in public what most Americans thought in private." "No candidate could bring themselves to admit that something had gone badly wrong with American foreign policy. That the American voter, the American soldier, and the American taxpayer, had all been let down. Except for one - Donald Trump. He called America's endless wars what they were: A disaster." (22:19:10) Grenell, also the former ambassador to Germany, stuck mostly to foreign policy and characterized the president as a savvy diplomat who still managed to negotiate like a businessman. "I've watched President Trump charm the Chancellor of Germany, while insisting that Germany pay its NATO obligations. I was proud to witness President Trump say to foreign leaders: "I don't blame you for wanting America to pay for your security. I actually respect you for out-negotiating the Presidents before me. But it stops with me. I won't let the American taxpayer be taken advantage of." (22:21:26) He also praised Trump's national security and defense record, arguing that a perspective rooted in nationalism had been unfairly criticized. "In four years, Donald Trump didn't start any new wars. He brought troops home. He rebuilt the military, and signed peace deals that make Americans safer. The Washington elites want you to think this kind of foreign policy is immoral. And so they call it "nationalist." That tells you all you need to know. The DC crowd thinks when they call Donald Trump a nationalist, they're insulting him. As if the American president isn't supposed to base foreign policy on America's national interests." (22:22:03) Turning to Joe Biden and the Democratic Party, Grenell honed in on Biden's age and questioned his efficacy as a leader given his long tenure in Washington. "Don't be fooled - the Washington establishment is trying to sell you on their candidate. Joe Biden was first elected to the Senate in 1972. 48 years ago." (22:23:58) "It's actually the typical Washington story. Just this year, 22 Democrats ran for President. They rejected all the outsiders, and nominated the ultimate Washington insider. Someone they had to pull out of retirement. Every time Joe Biden offers a new idea, you should ask yourself: "Why didn't he try that over the last 48 years?" (22:24:24)
5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION NIGHT 3 CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 08262020 230000 2020
5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 08262020 230000 2020 ***DO NOT EDIT OR MODIFY THIS DOC IN ANY WAY. ONLY LOGGERS ARE PERMITTED. WEDNESDAY AUGUST 26 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION FULL LOG 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 203006 VO>> Long before the shots fired at Concord, were men and women of remarkable character and fortitude. An extraordinary spirit fueled the dreams they held. That spirit lived on to win liberty in the Revolution, embolden the underground railroads. It strengthened the brave souls at Normandy. 230032 It endured with those who gallantly fought the spread of communism. And on 9/11, that same spirit was found in the men and women storming the gates of death to save precious lives. The spirit of heroism thrives in the presence of tyranny, disaster. It is stronger than any virus. 203058 Yet there are those who condemn our heroes, seek to erase history, deconstruct the American ideals, remake America into something it was never intended to be. But the spirit of heroism stands in the breach. It lives in the heart. It breathes in the soul. And is woven into the courageous fabric of Americans like you. It preserves liberty. It strengthens families. It empowers the extraordinary. 203132 The spirit of heroism inspires us to act when others are in need, to do the right thing. Join us tonight. Dream heroic dreams. Celebrate America, land of the free, home of the brave. 203200 >> From Washington D.C., welcome to the 2020 Republican National Convention. Tonight, celebrating America as the land of heroes. 203225 >> Lord, almighty god, we come before you this evening and pray for your divine protection over our brothers and sisters in the path of storms along our Gulf Coast. You are our rock and our shelter, in the midst of the storms of life. You are the god who commands the winds and the waves, and we pray that He will provide refuge to our people. 203252 Oh, lord, you have granted us certain natural rights such as the right to speak freely, life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness as well as religious freedom, the right to assemble and the right to self-defense. Only in America have these god-given rights so flourished and been categorized as belonging to the people, embodying the very essence of our government. 223322 Father, we pray that this outlook and mindset, this form of government continues, as has been our history, especially now when, to our horror, it is being challenged. And so, we pray that god give strength and health to our President who has splendidly demonstrated daily his determination to defend and maintain the god-given rights of our citizens, as enshrined in our constitution and in our declaration. 203356 [And] eloquently passed down through our Judeoo-Christian tradition. President Trump has stood up fearlessly against those corrupting the term "social justice," so as to deny Americans their birthright and these divine gifts. 203413 May god protect him. May god bless all those in government and among our citizens who seek to honor, defend, and preserve our heritage. This land was founded in an epic and providential moment. Like the revelation at sinai, it was the moment when the vision of god rendezvoused with the soaring and noble plans of appointed men. Yet every so often, apace various generations, we are compelled to resurrect and give rebirth to our providential beginning, to renew our present days with the exuberance of those founding days. 203501 Perhaps that is what is meant when you say make America great again. We pledge to viginantly protect and tend the garden so as to imbibe its blessed fruits. May god continue to make America great and may we continue to be his people, one nation, under god, and let us say amen. 203530 >> I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic, for which it stands. One nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. KRISTI NOEM 203557 NOEM>> Good evening. I'm governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota. I'm here tonight because I believe America is an exceptional nation, founded on three principles: equality, freedom, and opportunity. But today, our founding principles are under attack. This year the choice for Americans is between a man who values these ideals, and all that can be built because of them, and a man who isn't guided by these ideals and coincidentally has built nothing. 203628 Remember, America's battle for Independence and fight for self governance was something that had never been done before. Men of great intellect and wisdom like James Madison, the father of our constitution, hoped our constitutional republic would last for ages, mitigate the problems that would naturally arise from political factions, and prevent tyranny. Madison also authored much of the bill of rights. 203653 Because he understood the natural tendency of government to increasingly encroach on the people's consent, and thus, our freedom. He urged his colleagues to adopt these amendments to enshrine in our Constitution the ideals laid out in the declaration of Independence, that all power comes from the people. That the government is created and ought to be exercised for the benefit of the people. Our constitution guarantees the right to speak, to assemble, and to worship. 203725 The right to arm ourselves as a counterbalance to a standing army. And the right to a fair and equitable criminal justice system. We must fight to protect these foundational rights from government interference and indifference. America is unique in the world. Government's power at all levels is limited to the confines of our constitution, which protects our god-given liberties and civil rights. We are not and will not be the subjects of an elite class of so-called experts. 203759 We, the people, are the government. Now at times our country has struggled to live up to our founding principles. Another great American, Abraham Lincoln, knew that struggle better than anybody. When he was just 28 years old, honest Abe saw wild and furious passions worse than savage mobs, he said, taking the place of reason and judgment. He was alarmed by the increasing disregard for the rule of law throughout the country. He was concerned for the people that had seen their property destroyed, their families attacked, and their lives threatened or even taken away. 203837 These good people were becoming tired of and disgusted with a government that offered no protection. Sound familiar? It took 244 years to build this great nation, flaws and all. But we stand to lose it in a tiny fraction of that time, if we continue down the path taken by the Democrats and their radical supporters. From Seattle and Portland to Washington and New York, Democrat-run cities across this country are being overrun by violent mobs. 203910 The violence is rampant. There's looting, chaos, destruction, and murder. People that can afford to flee have fled but the people that can't, good hard-working Americans, are left to fend for themselves. The Republican party's commitment to individual rights and self government is as necessary today as it was in 1860, when we won our first presidential election. 203937 Our party respects individuals based on who they are. We don't divide people based on their belief or their roots. We don't shun people who think for themselves. We respect everyone, equally, under the constitution, and we treat them as Martin Luther King Jr. wished, according to the content of their character, not the color of their skin. 204001 In just four years, President Trump has lifted people of all races and backgrounds out of poverty. He shrunk government. He put money back into the pockets of hard-working, ordinary Americans. He has advanced religious liberty, he protected the second amendment. You can look back 50 years, you won't find anyone that has surpassed President Trump's success on these four issues alone. 204027 History chooses its heros for the time in which they live. At our founding, Madison was one of the chosen. When the nation's very existence was challenged it was Lincoln's turn. Thanks to these men, America is a land of hope. Their examples have been repeated in countless ways by simple Americans following their conscience. But there is another American hero to be recognized. And that is the common American. 204057 This is who president Trump is fighting for. He's fighting for you. SCOTT DANE 204121 DANE>> I'm Scott Dane. I represent loggers and truckers in Minnesota, but I also represent a way of life. Logging's been a part of the great American story from the beginning. In fact. if you go to the capitol rotunda and look up, you can see loggers on one of the panels -- New England settlers carving out a new world from the wilderness. Logging is the most dangerous job in the country, but we embrace that risk because we know America was built by strong people, building things together. America needs us to keep building and we can't wait to be a part of it. 204157 But the last time Joe Biden was in the white house, Minnesota lost nearly half of its mills, thousands of jobs, and experienced nearly a decade of decline. It was a similar story in other parts of the country. The administration just didn't seem to care, and 47 years in Washington, Joe Biden hasn't done anything for the timber industry. When plants close in Duluth, Sartel, Cook, and Bemidji, they were just numbers on paper to the Obama-Biden administration. To me they were people and jobs and families. 204233 Under obama-biden, radical environmentalists were allowed to kill the forest. Wildfire after wildfire shows the consequences. Managed forests, the kind my people work in, are healthy forests. Under president trump, we've seen a new recognition of the value of forest management in reducing wildfires. And we've seen new support for our way of life where a strong back and a strong work ethic can build a strong middle class. 204258 We want to build families where we were raised and stand by communities that stood by us. We want that way of life available for the next generation and we want our forests there, too. President Trump, thank you for helping us do just that. MARSHA BLACKBURN 204335 BLACKBURN>> Hi, I'm US Senator Marsha Blackburn from Tennessee. America is a nation of heroes. In times of difficulty, we're reminded that they're all around us. They're in the line with us at the grocery store, in the pew with us at church. They're the regular American who step up to volunteer and serve when we need them most. 204400 They've stood at the forefront throughout this pandemic. The emergency room nurses who go back shift after shift. 204411 The medical researchers developing a vaccine and therapies to combat what the Chinese communist regime unleashed on the world. Cookville's Double Strings Church of Christ members, lifting our country up in prayer and providing for those impacted by tragedy. But tonight, I want to talk to you about another kind of hero. The kind democrats don't recognize because they don't fit into their narrative. I'm talking about the heroes from law enforcement and armed services. 204453 Leftists turned them into villains. They want to cancel them. But I'm here to tell you, these heroes can't be cancelled. Tennessee is full of them. After all, we're the volunteer state. My dad served in the Army in World War 2. When he came home, he put on another uniform, and for 30 years, volunteered to help our under funded sheriff's department. I'm reminded of him whenever I see compassion and selflessness in others. 204530 When I see law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every single day to keep our community safe, in spite of the hatred thrown at them. When I see the heroes who volunteer to serve our country, putting their lives on the line for their freedom. Many of these heroes call Tennessee home and we could not be more proud of the brave men and women of the 101st airborne division at Fort Campbell. 204605 The common thread between them is a deep seeded desire to serve a cause larger than themselves. They don't believe their country owes them anything. They believe they owe their country and their fellow man. As hard as Democrats try, they can't cancel our heroes. They cannot contest their behavery and they can't dismiss the powerful sense of service that lives deep in their souls. 204643 So they try to defund them -- our military, our police, even ICE -- to take away their tools to keep us safe. Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and their radical allies try to destroy these heroes because if there are no heroes to inspire us, government can control us. They close our churches, but keep the liquor stores and abortion clinics open. 204714 They say, we can't gather in community groups, but encourage protests, riots, and looting in the streets. If the Democrats had their way, they would keep you locked in your house until you become dependent on the government for everything. That sounds a lot like communist China to me. Maybe that's why Joe Biden is so soft on them, why Nancy Pelosi says that China would prefer Joe Biden. Yep. I bet they would. 204749 But, President Trump has stood up for our heroes every day. He stood by our law enforcement, our military, and the freedoms we hold dear. He's made good on his promise to put America first. And I hope you will stand with me as we send him back for four more years, with a clear message to the democrats, you will never cancel our heroes. DAN CRENSHAW 204828 CRENSHAW>>> Hi, I'm Congressman Dan Crenshaw. 8 years ago, in the fields of Helmand Province, Afghanistan, a close friend and teammate laid down cover fire against Taliban insurgents so that I could walk, blind and bloodied, to the Med-Evac helicopter, and survive. But he didn't. Dave Orson was killed 2 months later. 204848 He died a hero to this great country. Here's the truth about America: we are a country of heroes. I believe that. So should you. We are a people with a common set of ideals, conceived in liberty. People that have sacrificed, time and time again, for the freedom and freedom of others -- that's something that no country ever, anywhere can claim. 204911 Since 9/11, I've seen America's heroes up close. Some of them saved my life. Some of them saved many others lives. Many of them never made it home. These heroes act as if the whole struggle depended on them alone, as if any weakness on their part would be a reflection of the whole nation. That is called duty. 204930 And America has a long history of it. Our enemies fear us, because Americans can fight for good and we know it. It gives us strength. When our heroes are trusted and equipped, then freedom prevails. The defeat of ISIS was the result of America believing in our heroes. Our president having their backs and rebuilding our military so we'd have what we needed to finish the mission. 204955 The cowering of the Iranian regime and the restoration of the deterrence once lost is the result of America believing in her own might again. America's heroism isn't relegated to the battlefield. Every single day we see them, if you just know where to look. It's the nurse who volunteers for back-to-back shifts caring for covid patients because she feels that's her duty. It's the parent who will relearn algebra because there's no way they are letting their kids fall behind while schools are closed. 205023 And it's the cop that gets spit on one day and will saves a child's life the next. America is the country where the young military wife of two young children answers the unexpected knock at the door, looks the man in uniform in the eye and even as her whole world comes crashing down, she stands up straight, she holds back tears and takes care of her family because she must. 205048 This is what heroism looks like, it's who we are, a nation of heroes. And we need you now more than ever. We need to remind ourselves what heroism really is. Heroism is self-sacrifice. It's not moralizing and lecturing over others when they disagree. Heroism is grace, not perpetual outrage. Heroism is rebuilding our communities, not destroying them. 205115 Heroism is renewing faith in the symbols that unite us, not tearing them down. See, America is a fabric. It's woven from the threads of history's best stories, best attributes, and greatest ideas. The American spirit reflects the oldest and most important virtues: self sacrifice, courage, tolerance, love of country, grace, and passion for human achievement. 205136 We can decide, right now, that American greatness will not be rejected nor squandered. As the American founding was grounded in individual liberty, so will be our future. But if we are to rediscover our strength, then it must be an endeavor undertaken by each and every one of us. We must become the heroes that we so admire. 205158 America was built by them, and our future will be protected by them. It will be protected by you. So, god bless America. GEN KEITH KELLOGG 205215 KELLOGG>> Good evening. I'm retired Lieutenant General Keith Kellogg. In 1967, at the age of 22, I volunteered to serve my country in Vietnam. From the jungles of Vietnam to the deserts of Iraq, I have gone where my nation asked. I have borne witness to soldiers' last moments on Earth, their lives spent in hope and promise of a better future for all Americans. 205246 I was in the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. I lost friends there that day. In the years that followed, I watched my daughter, son, and son-in-law deploy to Afghanistan. I have looked into the eyes of my grandchildren as they said goodbye to their fathers and hugged them one last time. I lived (?) service. I understand sacrifice. I know leadership. 205315 Over the past 3 1/2 years, I have witnessed every major foreign policy and national security decision by the President. I have been in the room where it happened. I saw only one agenda and one guiding question, when tough calls had to be made: is this decision right for America? When President Donald Trump took office, decades of failed foreign policy had crippled us. 205347 He faced wars without end in sight, creation of failed states like Libya and Syria, a past that allowed a terrorist caliphate to grow, and leadership in Washington that allowed our military to atrophy, while we spent trillions of dollars abroad instead of investing at home. President Trump has reversed the decline of our military, and restructured our national security strategy. 205414 With historic investment and vision, our military is now better equipped, better resourced, and better manned than any military in the world. President Trump demolished the terrorist ISIS caliphate in the Middle East and eliminated its leader, Al baghdadi, one of the world's most brutal terrorists. President Trump took decisive action against Iranian terrorist mastermind, Qasem Soleimani, the man responsible for deaths of hundreds of American servicemen in Iraq. 205450 When our NATO allies failed to meet their commitments as we upheld ours, President Trump demanded parity. NATO members have now increased their contributions over $100 billion this year and NATO's Secretary General credits President Donald J. Trump. President Trump challenged and continues to challenge an ever-increasingly provocative and militant China. But make no mistake, President Trump is no hawk. 205521 He wisely wields the sword when required, but believes in seeking peace instead of perpetual conflict. Just over a week ago, our president brokered a peace agreement between the united Arab Emirates and Israel, the first in the Middle East in over 25 years. And this week, Afghan negotiators, with help from American officials, will start peace negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government to end America's longest war. 205558 Ask yourself: has this president kept his promises to keep us out of needless conflicts and to pursue ending wars without end? Has he defended your interests in renegotiating trade deals that previously hurt Americans and our national security? Has he fulfilled his commander in chief role by decisively going after the nation's enemies? You and I know the answer is yes. 205629 The choice is clear. This is the most important election of our lifetime. The next four years will decide the course of our country for decades to come. I am asking you to stand up and be counted so we never have to look back and recall what it was once like in America when men and women were free, our families were secure, and we had a president who served the people. 205701 God bless America. Thank you, and good night. TERA MEYERS 205730 MEYERS>> Good evening, my name is Tara Meyers. Tonight I am here as a wife and mother to share how education freedom has personally impacted my family, especially the life of my son Samuel. Before Samuel was even born, I was told his life wouldn't be worth living. When early tests revealed he had down syndrome, our doctor encouraged me to terminate the pregnancy. 205757 He said "if you do not, you will be burdening your life, your family and your community." I knew my baby was a human being created by god, and that made him worthy of life. I am thankful that president Trump values the life of the unborn. When we went to register samuel for kindergarten, we were told to just put him where he would be comfortable. Don't stress him out by trying to teach him. 205825 When we pushed for him to attend his neighborhood school with his sisters, we were told just go home and let us do what we do. When I inquired about functional learning, I was told, this is all you get, like it or not. Well, I did not like it. One size did not fit all. So I helped fight to pass legislation in Ohio, for a special needs scholarship, so that all students could choose the right program for their needs. 205857 I worked to start a new functional learning program at our local private school. Finally, Samuel had an appropriate place to learn. Last December, Samuel was invited to the White House to meet our president and share his thoughts on education freedom. He said, "school choice helped my dreams come true. My school taught me the way I learn best. I was able to fit in. I made many friends. I became a part of my community. My teachers helped me become the best I can be." President Trump shook my hand and said, wonderful job, mom. Your son is amazing. 205939 Unlike the doctor who told me to end Samuel's life before it even began. President trump did not dismiss my son. He showed Samuel he valued him and was proud of what he accomplished. President Trump gave Samuel an equal seat at the table. Tonight I would like to extend my thanks to president trump and his administration for their work toward making every student's dream of a meaningful education a reality. 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 210000 2020 210011 And for fighting to ensure every child in America has an equal seat at the table of education freedom and an equal opportunity in life. Thank you. And may god bless America. [RNC VIDEO "SUFFRAGE"] 210040 VO>> It all started at a tea party, 13 years before the American civil war. Civil unrest and division separated countrymen into two opposing camps: one determined to keep African-American people enslaved. The other, determined to see all people free. 210105 Elizabeth Katie Stanton and Lucretia Mott felt the call to fight for that freedom when they were selected as delegates for an anti slavery convention. But, upon arrival, were told they could not speak or vote at the male dominated event. On July 9, 1848, Mott, Stanton and three other women met for tea. 210127 By the end of the day, they had formed a coalition with the sole purpose of gaining the right for women to vote so they in turn would be free to fight for the freedoms of others. Women across America united and formed activist groups working tirelessly to win the vote for American women. The incomparable Susan B Anthony became one of the most visible leaders of women's suffrage when, in 1872, she registered and voted for every Republican on the ballot. 210158 As punishment for her actions, she was arrested for illegal voting at the request of Susan B. Anthony, Senator A.A. Sargent introduced the 19th amendment in 1878. The Susan B. Anthony Amendment was submitted and defeated five times. But, women continued to fight. Sojourner Truth and many other black suffragettes defied segregation, fighting for all women's voices to be heard and allowed to vote. 210223 For the two years prior to ratification, the silent sentinels quietly picketed the White House. Finally, when Republicans regained control of Congress, on August 26th, 1920, the Equal Suffrage Amendment was signed into law. Women's suffrage movement took 72 years and would change the lives of women forever. The victory was achieved peacefully through the valiant efforts of women patriots and the democratic process. 210252 100 years later in a bold declaration of rights for women, President Trump granted a full pardon to Susan B. Anthony on the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment's ratification. Women's suffrage was born from a desire to fight for the freedom of others. Now, we, the great patriots of America, will band together once again. And with one unified voice, we will vote for freedom. KAYLEIGH MCENANY 210330 MCENANY>> I'm Kayleigh Mcenany. You may know me as a supporter of President Trump. But tonight, I'm here to share with you how he supported me, both as a new mom and as an American with a pre-existing condition. When I was 21 years old, I got a call that changed my life. It was my doctor informing me that I had tested positive for the BRCA2 genetic mutation, a mutation that put my chances of breast cancer at 84%. 210403 It was the same mutation that my mom had, compelling her to get a preventive double mastectomy, removing her breast tissue but protecting her from a disease has taken far too many of our mothers, our sisters, our friends. In my family, eight women alone were diagnosed with breast cancer, several were in their young 20s. I now faced the same prospect. For nearly a decade, I was routinely at Moffitt Cancer Center, getting MRIs, ultrasounds, and necessary surveillance. 210443 During these visits, I cross pathed with brave women battling cancer and fighting through chemotherapy. They were a testament to American strength. They are American heroes. On May 1st, 2018, I followed in my mother's footsteps, choosing to get a preventive mastectomy. I was scared. The night before, I fought back tears as I prepared to lose a piece of myself forever. But the next day with my mom, dad, husband, and Jesus Christ by my side, I underwent a mastectomy, almost eliminating my chance of breast cancer. 210530 A decision I now celebrate. Breast reconstruction has advanced remarkably. While it is an individual's decision, my doctor and I chose a course of surgery that left me virtually unchanged. But more important than physical results, I developed a strength and a confidence that I carry with me. During one of my most difficult times, I expected to have the support of my family, but I had more support than I knew. As I came out of anesthesia, one of the first calls I received was from Ivanka Trump. 210607 As I recovered, my phone rang again. It was president Trump, calling to check on me. I was blown away. Here was the leader of the free world, caring about my circumstance. At the time, I had only met president Trump on a few occasions, but now I know him well. And I can tell you that this president stands by Americans with preexisting conditions. In fact, President Trump called me this morning, I spoke with him several times today, and he told me how proud he was of me for sharing this story. 210646 The same way president Trump has supported me, he supports you. I see it everyday. I've heard him say the hardest part of his job is writing to loved ones of fallen soldiers. I've seen him offer heartfelt outreach to grieving parents who lost their children to crime in the streets. And I have watched them fight for Americans who lost their jobs. President Trump fights for the American people, because he cares about stories like these. I have a nine-month-old daughter. She's a beautiful sweet little girl, and I choose to work for this president for her. 210735 When I look into my baby's eyes, I see a new life, amiracle for which I have a solemn responsibility to protect. That means protecting America's future, a future President Trump will fight for. Where our neighborhoods are protected. Where life is sacred. Where god is cherished, not taken out of our schools, removed from our pledge, and erased from our history. I want my daughter to grow up in President Donald J. Trump's America. 210804 Choosing to have a preventative mastectomy was the hardest decision I ever had to make. But supporting President Trump, who will protect my daughter and our children's future, was the easiest. KAREN PENCE 210851 KAREN PENCE>> Good evening. Karen Pence, my husband is Vice President Mike Pence. 100 years ago, today, the 19th amendment was adopted into the United States constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote. Because of heroes like Susan B. Anthony and Lucy Stone, women today -- like our daughters Audrey and Charlotte -- and future generations will have their voices heard and their votes count. 210921 The women's suffrage movement was the gateway that led to women having the opportunities to achieve monumental milestones and accomplish significant achievements in both civic and governmental roles. This evening, we look at heroes in our land. As Second Lady of the United States for the past three and a half years, I have had the honor of meeting many heroes across this great country. The Pences are a military family. 210955 Our son Michael serves in the United States Marines. And our son-in-law Henry serves in the US Navy. And one of my key initiatives is to elevate and encourage military spouses. These men and women like our daughter Charlotte and our daughter-in-law Sarah are the home front heroes. I have been privileged to hear so many stories of selfless support, volunteer spirit and great contributions to the armed forces and our communities. 211029 You know, military spouses may experience frequent moves and job changes, periods of being a single parent while their loved one is deployed, all while exhibiting pride, strength and determination and being a part of something bigger than themselves. To all of the military spouses, thank you. President Trump and Vice President Pence have been supporting our United States armed forces including our military families on a significant scale. 211103 While traveling throughout our nation to educate military spouses about policy solutions that President Trump has promoted involving real, tangible progress in military spouse employment, I have been inspired to meet heroes like Lisa Bradley and Cameron Cruz. 211126 These military spouses decided to start their own business R-Riveter, named after the Rosie the Riveter campaign used to recruit women workers during World War II. R-Riveter makes beautiful handbags designed and manufactured exclusively by military spouses. And many of those spouses live all over the country. They prepare and send their section of the bags to the company located in North Carolina where the final product is assembled. 211158 Military spouse hero Jilan Hall-Johnson in Billings, Montana, is a culinary artist who had dreamed of starting her own restaurant. Working with the small business administration's development center, Jilan started her restaurant, the Sassy Biscuit. 211218 And she just opened a second restaurant in Dover, New Hampshire. And as the second lady, I've also been able to bring awareness to a form of therapy for our heroic veterans suffering from PTSD. Art therapy facilitated by a professional art therapist is especially effective with posttraumatic stress disorder. Master gunnery sergeant Chris Stowe a marine veteran I met in Tampa, who deployed for combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, said nothing had helped him deal with the trauma from his service in the Marines, until he finally agreed to meet with the art therapist at Walter Reed medical center 211305 Chris credits art therapy with saving his marriage and his life. And Chris went on to establish a glass blowing workshop to help other Vets. Many of our veteran heroes struggle as they transition back into civilian life. And, sometimes, the stress is too difficult to manage alone. A few weeks ago, I had the honor of speaking with some amazing Americans who answer the Veterans Crisis Line. 211335 One, in particular, Sydney Morgan, especially impacted me. A veteran herself, Sydney said, it is the highest honor of her life, until they physically walk into a clinic to receive help they deserve, and she can pass their hand to someone ready to help. 211358 In these difficult time, we've all seen so many examples of everyday Americans reaching out a hand to those in need. Those who, in humility, have considered others more important than themselves. We've seen health care workers, teachers, first responders, mental health providers, law enforcement officers, grocery and delivery workers and farmers. 211427 And so many others. Heroes, all. 100 years ago women secured the right to vote, so let's vote, America. Let's honor our heroes. Let's re-elect president trump and vice president pence for four more years. God bless our heroes, and god bless the United States of America. 211458 VO>> We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. KELLYANNE CONWAY 211517 CONWAY>> Good evening. I'm Kellyanne Conway. 100 years ago, courageous warriors helped women secure the right to vote. This has been a century worth celebrating, but also a reminder that our democracy is young and fragile. A woman in a leadership role can still seem novel. Not so for President Trump. For decades, he has elevated women to senior positions in business and in government. 211547 He confides in and consults us, respects our opinions, and insists that we are on equal footing with the men. President Trump helped me shatter a barrier in the world of politics by empowering me to manage his campaign to its successful conclusion.With the help of millions of Americans, our team defied the critics, the naysayers, the conventional wisdom and we won. For many of us, women's empowerment is not a slogan. 211617 It comes not from strangers on social media orr sanitized language in a corporate handbook. It comes from the everyday heroes who nurture us, who shape us, and who believe in us. I was raised in a household of all women. They were self-reliant and resilient. Their lives were not easy. But they never complained. Money was tight, but we had an abundance of what mattered most, family, faith and freedom. 211652 I learned that, in America, limited means does not make for limited dreams. The promise of America belongs to us all. This is a land of inventors and innovators, of entrepreneurs and educators, of pioneers and parents -- each contributing to the success and the future of a great nation and her people. These everyday heroes have a champion in President Trump. 211725 The teacher who took extra time to help students adjust to months of virtual learning. The nurse who finished a 12-hour COVID shift and then took a brief break only to change her mask, gown, and gloves to do it all over again. The small business owner striving to reopen after the lockdown was lifted and then again after her store was vandalized and looted. 211753 The single mom with two kids, two jobs, two commutes, who ten years after that empty promise, finally has health insurance. President Trump and vice president Pence have lifted Americans, provided them with dignity, opportunity and results. I have seen firsthand many times the president comforting and encouraging a child who has lost a parent, a parent who has lost a child, a worker who lost his job, an adolescent who lost her way to drugs. 211836 "Don't lose hope," he has told them, assuring them that they are not alone, and that they matter. There always will be people who have far more than us. Our responsibility is to focus on those who have far less than us. President Trump has done precisely that, in taking unprecedented action to combat this nation's drug crisis. 211903 He told me, this is so important, Kellyanne, so many lives have been ruined by addiction, and we'll never even know it, because people are ashamed to reach out for help, and they're not even sure who to turn to in their toughest hour. Rather than look the other way, President Trump stared directly at this drug crisis next door and through landmark bitarsian legislation has helped secure historic investments in surveillance, interdiction, education, prevention, treatment and recovery. 211936 We have a long way to go, but the political inertia that cost lives and the silence and the stigma that prevents people in need from coming forward is melting away. This is the man I know and the president we need for four more years. He picks the toughest fights and tackles the most complex problems. 212001 He has stood by me, and he will stand up for you. In honor of the women who empowered me and for the future of the children we all cherish, thank you and God bless you, always. DIDI BURN 212033 DIDI BURN>> Good evening. I'm sister Didi Burn and I belong to the community of the Little Workers of the Sacred Heart's of Jesus and Mary. Last 4th of July, I was honored to be one of the president's guests at his salute to America celebration. I must confess that I recently prayed while in chapel, begging God to allow me to be a voice and instrument for human life. And now, here I am, speaking at the Republican National Convention. I guess you better be careful for what you pray for. My journey towards religious life is not a traditional route, if there is such a thing. 212111 In 1978, as a medical stud-- school student at Georgetown University, I joined the Army to help pay for my tuition, and ended up devoting 29 years to the military, serving as a doctor and a surgeon in places like Afghanistan and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. After much prayer and contemplation, I entered my religious order in 2002, working to serve the poor and the sick in Haiti, Sudan, Kenya, Iraq, and in Washington, D.C. 212144 Humility is at the foundation of our order which makes it difficult to talk about myself, but I can speak about my experience working for those fleeing war-torn and impoverished countries all around the world. Those refugees all share a common experience. They have been all marginalized, viewed as insignificant, powerless and voiceless. And while we tend to think of the marginalized as living beyond our borders, the truth is the largest marginalized group in the world can be found here in the United States. 212220 They are the unborn. As Christians we first met Jesus as a stirring embryo in the womb of an unwed mother and saw him born nine months later in the poverty of a cave. It's no coincidence that Jesus stood up for what was just and ultimately crucified because what he said wasn't politically correct or fashionable. 212244 As followers of Christ, we are called to stand up for life against the politically correct or fashionable of today. We must fight against a legislative agenda that supports and even celebrates destroying life in the womb. Keep in mind, the laws we create define how we see our humanity, and we must ask ourselves: what are we saying when we go into a womb and snuff out an innocent, powerless voice's life? 212315 As a physician, I can say without hesitation: life begins at conception. While what I have to say may be difficult for some to hear, I am saying it because I'm not just pro-life, I'm pro eternal life. And I want all of us to end up in heaven together some day. Which brings me to why I'm here today -- Donald Trump is the most pro-life President that this nation has ever had, defending life at all stages. 212345 His belief in the sanctity of life transcends politics. President Trump will stand up against Biden-Harris who are the most anti-life Presidential ticket ever, even supporting the horrors of late-term abortion and infanticide. Because of his courage and conviction, President Trump has earned the support of America's pro-life community. 212410 Moreover, he has a nation wide of religions standing behind him. You'll find us with our weapon of choice, the rosary. So thank you Mr. President, we are all praying for you. LOU HOLTZ 212429 HOLTZ>> I'm Lou Holtz. Many of you know me as Coach Holtz, or maybe that football guy. It is a pleasure, a blessing, and an honor, for me to explain why I believe that President Trump is a consistent winner, an outstanding leader, and deserves to be re-elected as our president. First, I want you to know that I grew up in a one-bedroom house in West Virginia. I may have been poor, but the lessons my parents taught me were priceless. 212500 They taught me that life is about making choices. Wherever you are, good or bad, don't blame anyone else. Go get an education, get to work. You can overcome any obstacles. And always remember, that in this great country of ours, anyone can amount to something special. I lived by those principles of hard work, and responsibility my whole life. 212526 Living out the the American story, and it works. But there are people today like politicians, professors, protesters, and of course president trump's nay-sayers in the media who like to blame others for problems. They don't have pride in our country. They make us say no longer ask, what can I do for my country? Only what the country should be doing for them. They don't have pride in themselves. That's wrong. 212600 When I was an officer in the army, I served with so many great Americans who embraced the responsibility to our country. I'm so proud of their sacrifices and the opportunity it has provided for so many millions. America remains a land of opportunity, no matter what the other side says or believes. You know, there's a statue of me at Notre Dame. I guess they needed a place for the pigeons to land. 212629 But if you look closely, you will see these three words there: trust, commitment, and love. All my life, I have made my choices based on these three words. I use these three rules to make choices about everything. My beloved wife of 59 years, athletes I coached, and of course, politicians. Even President Trump. I ask myself three things. 212657 One, can I trust them? When a leader tells you something, you gotta be able to count on it. That is President Trump. He says what he means, he means what he says, and he's done what he said he would do at every single turn. One of the important reasons he has my trust is because nobody has been a stronger advocate for the unborn than President Trump. 212723 The Biden-Harris ticket is the most radically pro-abortion campaign in history. They and other politicians are Catholic in name only, and abandoned innocent lives. 212737 President Trump protects those lives. I trust President Trump. The second question I ask is are they committed to doing their very best? President Trump always finds a way to get something done. If you want to do something bad enough, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse. And excuses are a lot easier to find than solutions. 212805 President Trump finds solutions, president trump is committed. The third question I ask is do they love people? Do they care about others? To me this is very clear. President trump has demonstrated through his prison reform, advocating for school choice, and welfare reform. He wants Americans from all walks of life to have the opportunity to succeed and live the American dream. President trump loves our country and our great people. Trust, commitment, and love. In President trump we have a president we can trust, who works hard at making America greater. 212850 And who genuinely cares about people. If I apply this test to Joe Biden, I can't say yes to any of these three questions. I used to ask our athletes at notre dame "if you did not show up, who would miss you and why?" Can you imagine what would happen to us if president trump had not shown up in 2016 to run for president? I'm so glad he showed up. 212919 Thank you for showing up, Mr. President. I encourage everyone who loves this country, who loves America, to show up in November for President Trump. Thank you. MICHAEL MCHALE 212938 MCHALE>> Hi, I'm Michael McHale, but my friends call me "Mick." I'm a 30 active duty member of law enforcement in the state of Florida. I am also the president of the national association of police organizations, NAPO. Our organization recently endorsed Donald Trump for re-election as President of the United States. Our endorsement recognized his strong support for the men and women on the front lines, particularly during these challenging times. 213010 We value his support of aggressive prosecution of those who attack our police officers. His signing of the law enforcement mental health and wellness act and his support for permanently authorizing funds to support 9/11 first responders and their families. Law enforcement officers across the nation take an oath to run towards danger when everyone else is running away. They do so willingly to protect our families and communities. 213046 I'm proud that the overwhelming majority of American police officers are the best of the best and put their lives on the line without hesitation. And good officers need to know their elected leaders, and the department brass, have their backs. Unfortunately, chaos results when failed officials in cities like Portland, Minneapolis, Chicago, and New York make the conscious decision not to support law enforcement. 213120 Shootings, murders, looting, rioting occur unabated. The violence and bloodshed we are seeing in these and other cities isn't happening by chance. 213132 It's the direct result of refusing to allow law enforcement to protect our communities. Joe Biden has turned his candidacy over to the far Left, anti-law enforcement radicals. And as a Senator, Kamala Harris pushed to further restrict police, cut their training, and make our American communities and streets even more dangerous than they already are. 213202 Conversely, President Trump supports the creation of a national standard for training on deescalation and communication to give officers more tools to resolve conflict without violence. The differences between Trump-Pence and Biden-Harris are crystal clear. Your choices are the most pro law enforcement president we've ever had, or the most radical anti-police ticket in history. 213239 We invite those who value the safety of their family and loved ones to join the hundreds of thousands of members of the national association of police organizations and support the re-election of president Donald J. Trump. Thank you and god bless America. ELISE STEFANIK 213315 STEFANIK>> I'm Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, and I'm honored to represent New York's 21st Congressional District, the cradle of the American revolution. It's where, almost 250 years ago, brave patriots fought in the battles of Saratoga to turn the tide of the revolutionary war. It's where, 40 years ago in Lake Placid, a team of amateur hockey players out hustled, outskated, and defeated the Soviet Union, stunning the world and giving up the unforgettable miracle on ice. 213349 And today, it's home to fort Drumm and the historic tenth mountain division, the most deployed unit in the U.S. army since 9/11, where I saw first hand president trump graciously thank and honor our men and women in uniform and sign the largest pay raise for our troops in a decade. 213406 Since our nation's founding generation after generation of everyday Americans served and sacrificed to preserve and strengthen the American dream. The vision of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and the idea that if you work hard and dream big, you can achieve anything you imagine. I believe in the American dream because I've lived it. Like millions of Americans, I grew up in a small business family where I learned the values of hard work and determination. 213441 I was the first person in my immediate family to graduate from college, ran for Congress to serve upstate New York, and am proudly the youngest Republican woman elected to Congress in history. I am honored to support President Trump for re-election because I know that he is the only candidate who will stand up for hard working families and protect the American dream for future generations. 213509 Since his first day in office, President Trump has fought tirelessly to deliver results for all Americans, despite the Democrats' baseless and illegal impeachment sham and the media's endless obsession with it. 213523 I was proud to lead the effort standing up for the constitution, President trump, and most importantly the American people. This attack was not just on the president. It was an attack on you, your voice and your vote. But the American people were not swayed by these partisan attacks. Our support for president trump is stronger than ever before. 213547 We know what's at stake in this historic election. Americans from all walks of life are unified in support of our president. It's why more Republican women than ever are running for office this year. We understand that this election is a choice between the far left democratic socialist agenda versus protecting and preserving the American dream. President Trump is working to safely reopen our main street economy. 213617 He understands that the engine of our country is fuelled by the ingenuity and determination of American workers, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. Joe Biden wants to keep them locked up in the basement and crush them with $4 trillion in new taxes. We face a critical choice. Joe Biden's far left failed policies of the past 47 years, or president Trump who will stand up for the American people and the constitution. 213649 I believe in the wisdom and spirit of the American people to elect the only candidate who is capable of protecting the American dream. President Donald J. Trump. Thank you to the north country for the opportunity to serve as your voice supporting his re-election. God bless the United States of America, the greatest country on Earth. MADISON CAWTHORN 213726 HAWTHORNE>> Good evening. I'm Madison Hawthorne, and I'm running to represent North Carolina's 11th Congressional District. This is a time of great adversity for our country, and I know something about adversity. At 18 years old, I was in a horrific car accident that's left me paralyzed from the waist down. Instantly, my hopes and dreams were seemingly destroyed. I was given a 1% chance of surviving. But thanks to the power of prayer, a very loving community and many skilled doctors, I made it. It took me over a year to recover. 213800 My first public outing in a wheelchair was to a professional baseball game. You know, before my accident I was 6'3". I stood out in a crowd. But as I wheeled through the stadium I felt invisible. At 20, I thought about giving up. However, I knew I could still make a difference. You know, my accident has given me new eyes to see and new ears to hear. God protected my mind and my ability to speak. So I say to people who feel forgotten, ignored and invisible, I see you. I hear you. 213835 At 20, I made a choice and 2020, our country has a choice. We can give up on the American idea or we can work together to make our imperfect union more perfect. I choose to fight for the future, to seize the high ground and retake the shining city on a hall. While the radical left wants to dismantle, defund and destroy, Republicans under president trump's leadership want to rebuild, restore and renew. 213905 I just turned 25. When I'm elected this November, I'll be the youngest member of Congress in over 200 years. And if you don't think young people can change the world, then you just don't know American history. George Washington was 21 when he received his first military commission. Abe Lincoln, 22, when he first ran for office. And my personal favorite, James Madison was just 25 years old when he signed the declaration of Independence. 213932 In times of peril, young people have stepped up and saved this country, abroad and at home. We held the line, scaled the cliffs, crossed oceans, liberated camps, and cracked codes. Yet today, political forces want to usher in the digital dark ages. A time of information without wisdom. And tribalism without truth. National leaders on the left have normalized emotion-based voting and radicalized identity politics that rejects Martin Luther King's dream. 214004 MLK's dream is our dream, for all Americans to be judged solely on their character. Millions of people risk their lives every year to come here, because they believe in the dream of MLK and the American dream. Join us as, we, the party of freedom, double down on ensuring the American dream for all people. We are committed to building a new town square. It welcomes all ideas and all people. 214031 Here we will have freedom of speech, not freedom from speech. To liberals, I say let's have a conversation. Be a true liberal, listen to other ideas and let the best one prevail. And to conservatives, I say let's define what we support and win the argument in areas like healthcare and on the environment. In this new town square, you don't have to apologize for your beliefs or cower to a mob. You can kneel before god but stand for our flag. 214103 The American idea my ancestors fought for during the revolutionary war, is just as exciting and revolutionary today as it was 250 years ago. I say to Americans who love our country, young and old, be a radical for freedom. Be a radical for liberty. 214123 [HAWTHORNE STANDS] And be a radical for our republic, for which I stand. One nation, under god, with liberty and justice for all. Thank you and may god bless America. JACK BREWER 214155 BREWER>> I'm Jack Brewer, a former 3 time NFL team captain, College professor, coach, husband, son and father. I'm also a lifelong Democrat, but I support Donald Trump. Let me be clear: I didn't come here for the popularity or the praise, the likes or the retweets. I'm here as a servant to god, a servant to the people of our nation and a servant to our president. 214223 I grew up in Grapevine, Texas, a town that my great grandfather was the first black man to settle, as a sharecropper in 1896. My early high school experience included fighting with skinheads and being the witness in an attempted murder trial after my friend shot a skinhead in self-defense. I remember my dad's bravery when he personally stood up against a KKK rally in my town. 214247 In my house, my father taught me to back down for no one. I know what racism looks like. I've seen it first hand. In America, it has no resemblance to president trump. And I'm fed up with the way he's portrayed in the media, who refuse to acknowledge what he's actually done for the Black community. 214306 It's confusing the minds of our innocent children. Before I left to come to deliver this message my energetic 8 year old son, Jackson, stopped me and said, "dad, can you please just tell everyone that all lives need to matter, and that god loves everyone?" In that moment, I realized that my 8-year-old had figured out what so many adults have seemed to forget. We are not as divided as our politics suggest. 214337 At some point for the sake of our children, the policies must take priority over the personalities. So because you have an issue with president trump's tone you are going to allow Biden and Harris to deny our underserved black and brown children school choice? Are we so offended by the president's campaign slogan, make America great again, we're going to ignore that Joe Biden and kamala Harris have collectively been responsible for locking up countless black men for nonviolent crimes. 214410 Are you going to allow the media to lie to you by falsely claiming that he said there are very fine white supremacists in Charlottesville? That's a lie. And ignore the so-called black lives matter organization that openly, on their website, calls for the destruction of the nuclear family. My fellow Americans, our families need each other. We need black fathers in the homes with their wives and children. The future of our communities depends on it. 214443 I'm blessed to be able to run inner city youth programs and to also teach in prisons across America. The inmates in my federal prison program literally receive days off their sentence just for attending my class. And that's thanks to President Donald J. Trump and his First Step Act. President Trump cared about these Americans and their families, even when so many others had left them behind and had written them off. I'm forever grateful for President Trump for that. He endures relentless attacks and so do many of us, like myself, who support him. 214519 But my mama always told me when the lord starts blessing, the devil starts messing. This convention marks a time to celebrate our history. Republicans are the party that freed the slaves and the party that put the first Black men and women in congress. It's the party of Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln. And now, Tim Scott and Donald Trump. Our president has made incredible strides to end mass incarceration and give unprecedented opportunities for Black [people], in America, to rise. 214554 America, let this election be a call for all god's people who are called by His name to humble ourselves and pray together, and to seek his face and to turn from our wicked ways. Then he will hear us from heaven and he will forgive our sins and he will heal our land. Amen, and god bless America. CHEN GUANGCHENG 214644 GUANGCHENG>> Greetings. My name is Chen Guangcheng. Standing up to tyranny is not easy. I know. When I spoke out against China's one child policy, and other injustices, I was prosecuted, beaten, sent to prison and put under house arrest by the Chinese communist party, the CCP. 214717 In April 2005 I escaped and was given shelter in the American embassy in beijing. I'm forever grateful to the American people for bringing me and my family to the United States where we are now free. CCP is an enemy of humanity. 214750 It is terrorizing its own people, and it is threatening the well being of the world. In China, expressing belief or ideas not approved by the CCP -- religion, democracy, human rights -- can lead to prison. 214818 The nation lies (?) under mass surveillance and censorship. The U.S. must use its values of freedom, democracy, and the role of law to gather a coalition of other democracies to stop CCP's aggression. President Trump has led on this, and we need the other countries to join him in this fight. 214856 A fight for our future. Standing up to fight and fairness isn't easy. I know. So does President Trump. But he has shown the courage to lead that fight. We need to support, vote, and fight for President Trump for the sake of the world. Thank you. LEE ZELDIN 214936 ZELDIN>> I'm congressman Lee zeldin. Tonight, as we celebrate America as a land of heros I'm here at a VFW post of heros in west Hampton beach, New York. I've seen amazing Americans in action, raised in a law enforcement family, deployed to Iraq as an 82nd airborne paratrooper and serving today in the army reserve. My generation, of post-9/11 veterans, has huge shoes to fill, following our greatest generation that fought tyranny, and saved the world. 215011 All over our country, everyday heroes serve and sacrifice for the greater good. Farmer, truckers, craftsmen, the heroes keep America running. Craftsmen and President trump fights for them every day. This year we have especially relied on one particular group of heroes, front line medical workers. My twin daughters, Michaela and Arianna, were born over 14 weeks early. They weighed just a pound and a half. At two weeks, Michaela went into septic shock, had a stroke, and underwent brain surgery leaving one-third of the left side of her brain a hole. 215054 Her doctors didn't believe Michaela would survive, fearing dire permanent consequences even if she did. Through the miracles of modern medicine, the power of prayer, and her will to live, my daughters are now starting high school and doing great, with no long-term effects from those frightful months in the NICU. So when I learned my county's PPE stockpile was depleted, I immediately thought of those healthcare workers who saved my baby girls. 215125 Jared Kushner and I were on the phone late into that Saturday night. The very next day, President Trump announced he was sending us 200,000 N-95 masks. He actually delivered almost 400,000. That number quickly grew to 1.2 million masks, gowns, and more. The President sent thousands of ventilators to New York. He deployed the USS Comfort and converted the Javits center to a field hospital. 215156 His administration authorized our lab testing requests at blinding speed. During a once in a century pandemic, an unforeseeable crisis sent to us from a far away land, the president's effort for New York was phenomenal. 215214 For our nation to emerge even stronger, more prosperous, freer, and more secure than ever; to make our country greater than ever before, we must re-elect president trump. We are the land of the free because of the brave. And we are the land of opportunity because we have a president who wants to empower the best of who we are to be the best of what we can be. 215241 There's never been a nation greater than ours. Never a people more resilient than ours. And never a future for America more promising than ours right now. Keeping America great is up to us. And losing is not an option. [RNC VIDEO] 215305 >> And I'm very proud, very proud to have President Trump in office here, because he's the best we've ever had. He's done the most for any president ever done. >> He's always there trying to take care of veterans, giving veterans what they need. >> The turnaround times have increased since Trump has taken over. >> You had to fight 15 years for benefits. But once he came into office, you had like 90 days, you turned your paperwork in, at least you had some kind of answer. 215330 >> I waited months for a signature on a piece of paper to get a prosthetic leg fixed. Now it's an a lot better turn around, but before it was a five-year waiting process to appeal. How long do we have to wait for benefits? 215344 >> I waited 20 years to file, rapidly was approved for medical, and then right -- turned right around and got disability. I was thinking it was going to be several years worth of waiting to hear. >> He's accomplished a lot in 3 1/2 years. And it helps the American people, and he has done a lot for veterans, for the middle class. >> I chose to serve my country. If I could do it, I would do it all over again, especially for this president. I mean, he's the kind of president you'd run through a brick wall if he asked you to. 215415 >> Went through many presidents but this one I can say is the best president we've ever had and ever will have, I believe. JONI ERNST 215434 ERNST>> Hello, everyone, and thank you for inviting me into your home this evening. It's truly a privilege. My name is Joni Ersnt. I was raised on a small family farm here in Iowa where I learned the importance of faith, hard work, and service. I worked my way through college, then dedicated my life to serving my country, as a local official, a battalion commander in the military, and as a U.S. Senator. Service, it's more than a word to me. It's a mission, a way of life. It's what brought me to cedar Rapids, Iowa in 2008 when I was in the National Guard. 215515 We saw historic floods that swept through the communities. We lent a helping hand to our fellow Iowans who were literally under water. We thought we had seen the worst, but 12 years later, these same communities have faced an even more devastating disaster, the recent Derecho storm. If you don't live in Iowa, you may not have heard much about it at first. While reporters here in the state were in the trenches covering the equivalent of a category 2 hurricane, most of the national media looked the other way. 215552 To them, Iowa is still just flyover country. Houses, farms were destroyed. About one third of our crops here were damaged. In some cases, these storms wiped out a lifetime of work. And yet, Iowa farmers didn't hesitate to grab their chainsaws and check on their neighbors. Our farmers live every day with that sense of service. The stewards of the land. The ones who feed and fuel the world. 215623 President trump quickly signed an emergency declaration for Iowa to provide relief. And of course when president trump came to Cedar Rapids, the national media finally did too. For years I've worked closely with the president for farmers in Iowa and across the country. We scrapped Obama and Biden's punishing waters of the United States rule which would have regulated about 97% of land in Iowa. 215652 In some cases, even puddles. It would have been a nightmare for farmers. The President delivered on major trade deals with Japan, and the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement. And he implemented the sale of E-15 fuel, year-round. That means more choices for you at the pump, and more jobs for farmers in the heartland. This is something the Obama-Biden administration failed to do in eight years. In fact, I can't recall an administration more hostile to farmers than Obama-Biden, unless you count the Biden-Harris ticket. 215731 The democratic party of Joe Biden is pushing this so-called green new deal. If given power, they would essentially ban animal agriculture and eliminate gas-powered cars. It would destroy the agriculture industry, not just here in Iowa, but throughout the country . When the pandemic hit president trump heard us and our call for assistance for our farmers. 215755 Knowing we have an ally in the white house is important. Folks, this election is a choice between two very different paths. Freedom, prosperity, and economic growth under a trump-pence administration. Or the biden-harris path, paved by liberal, coastal elites and radical environmentalists. And America, where farmers are punished, jobs are destroyed, and taxes crush the middle class. 215827 That is our choice and it's a clear one. Thank you. And god bless. BURGESS OWENS 215840 OWENS>> Ladies and gentlemen, I'm Burgess Owens. Shackled in the belly of a slave ship, an 8-year-old boy named (?) Burgess came to America to be sold on an auction block. By the grace of god and the courage of slaves who believed in freedom, (?) escaped through the underground railroad and settled in the great state of Texas. He wanted to become a successful entrepreneur. He built his community's first church, first elementary school, and purchased 102 acres of farmland which he paid off in two years. 215911 I'm here today, a candidate for Congress, because my great, great grandfather Salas Burgess. I was raised in the South during the days of Jim Crow and the KKK. He went through the challenges of segregation. We were taught that anything is possible in America. When I was 22 years old, I thought all my dreams would come true when I was drafted by the New York Jets. 10 years later, with a pro-Bowl nod and a Super Bowl championship under my belt, I left the NFL to start a business. 215941 I thought I could never fail, but years later, I did and I lost everything. As I moved my family of 6 into a one-bedroom, basement apartment in Brooklyn, New York, I had a choice to make: feel sorry for myself or get to work. I worked as a chimney sweep during the day and a security guard at night. It was humbling to be recognized cleaning a chimney by someone who has cheered me as an NFL fan but those hard days would pay off. Eventually, I started a career -- a rewarding career in the corporate world. 220013 We live in a country where we are encouraged to dream big. Second chances are at the core of our American DNA. We don't hear that same message from Nancy Pelosi's congress, career politicians, elitists and even a former bartender who want us to believe it's impossible. They want us to believe what I did, what my great-great grandfather did is impossible for ordinary americans. As patriots, we know better. This November we stand at a crossroads. Mobs torch our cities while popular members of congress promotes the same socialism that my father fought against in world war II. We have a democratic candidate for president who says that I'm not black if I don't vote for him. 220055 Now, more than ever, we need leaders who stand by their principles and won't compromise their values for political opportunities. Now, more than ever, we need leaders who will stand up to the lawlessness supported by the radical left. This November, we have an opportunity to reject the mob mentality, and once again be the America that my great-great grandfather believed in. During the Trump administration, business ownership among blacks, hispanics, and females have reached all time highs. 220125 Those same groups enjoyed record low unemployment and unprecedented prosperity. And we're just getting started. I ran for congress because we don't need more career politicians. We need a few more chimney sweeps. We need more leaders like president Trump, who understands the freedoms that make up the fabric of America. My fellow Americans, specifically my Democrat and Independent friends, it is now time for us to unite and put aside partisan barriers. Help us win back the House, keep the Senate, and give our president 4 more years. 220201 And I promise you, we will make you proud. Thank you, and God bless the United States of America. [RNC VIDEO] 220216 VO>> Standing guard over Baltimore Harbor is the remains of an Earthen star. A relic of time passed. It recalls a time when the spirit of liberty stirred in men of renown, who stood in the gap against the most powerful force in the world. 27 hours. One thousand men, low on ammunition, firing scrap metal. The battle raged. 220242 Insurmountable odds. A darkness fell upon this new nation. In the midst of the fight, the heroes of Fort McHenry were unmoved. The light of dawn overcame the darkness. The gallant flag hoisted above Fort McHenry, torn and battered, stood, victoriously observing a dejected enemy slowly retreating into the rising sun, inspiring the anthem of our nation. 220313 The spirit of Liberty, not to be denied. The Earthen star, Fort McHenry, a reminder of those brave patriots who having done all, stood and prevailed. It is why we stand today, honoring past present and future generations of freedom loving Americans when we hear the anthem and raise the star spangled banner. LARA TRUMP 220347 LARA TRUMP>> Good evening, America. I'm Lara Trump, daughter of Bob and Linda (?), sister to Kyle, mother to Luke and Carolina and the daughter-in-law of our 45th president, Donald J. Trump. But tonight I come to you simply as an American. My life began like many in our country. I grew up in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. My parents were small business owners and worked hard to make sure that my brother and I had everything we needed but not everything we wanted. 220419 My parents raised me to believe that in America I could achieve anything with hard work and determination. The opportunities available to me were limited only by the size of my ambition. That I should dream big and I did. Those very dreams are what led me to New York City. I heard the adage, if I can make it there, I can make it anywhere and I intended to do just that. Never in a million years did I think I would be on this stage tonight and certainly never thought I would end up with the last name "Trump." 220453 My seventh grade English teacher, Mrs. B, used to tell us, believe none of what you hear, half of what you read, and only what you're there to witness first hand. The meaning of those words never fully weighed on me until I met my husband and the Trump family. Any preconceived notion I had of this family disappeared immediately. They were warm and caring. They were hard workers. And they were down to Earth. They reminded me of my own family. They made me feel like I was home. Walking the halls of the Trump organization, I saw the same family environment. 220530 I also saw the countless women executives who thrived there year after year. Gender didn't matter. What mattered was the ability to get the job done. I learned this directly when, in 2016, my father-in-law asked me to help him win my cherished home state and my daughter's namesake, North Carolina. Though I had no political experience, he believed in me. He knew I was capable even if I didn't. 220558 So it didn't surprise me when president Donald Trump appointed so many women to senior level positions in his administration -- Secretary of the United Nations, secretary of the air force, the first female CIA director, the first black female director of the fish and wildlife service and countless ambassadors just to name a few. Under President Trump's leadership, women's unemployment hit the lowest level since World War II. 220624 4.3 million new jobs have been created for women. In 2019 alone, women took over 70% of all new jobs. Female small business ownership remains at an all-time high, and 600,000 women have been lifted out of poverty, all since President Trump took office. 220643 He didn't do these things to gain a vote or check a box. He did them because they're the right things to do. 100 years ago today, the 19th amendment was ratified, granting the right to vote to every American woman. And since that day, incredible strides have been made by women in America. From Amelia Erhardt to Rosa parks and Sally Ride, women shaped our history and are part of what has made our country the most exceptional nation in the world. 220714 I often think back to my 24-year-old self driving alone in my car from North Carolina to New York City. And I think about what I'd tell myself now as we head towards the most critical election in modern history. This is not just a choice between Republican and Democrat or left and right. This is an election that will decide if we keep America America or if we head down an uncharted frightening path to socialism. 220743 Abraham Lincoln once famously said, "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." While those words were spoken over 150 years ago, never have they been more relevant. Will we choose the right path and maintain the unique freedoms and boundless opportunities that make this country the greatest in the history of the world? 220811 Will we remain the beacon of hope for those around the world fighting oppression, communism, and tyranny? The choice is ours. I know the promise of America, because I've lived it. Not just as a member of the Trump family, but as a woman who knows what it's like to work in blue collar jobs, to serve customers for tips, and to aspire to rise. When I look at my son Luke and my daughter Carolina, I wonder, what sort of country will I be leaving for them, for our future generations? 220843 In recent months, we've seen weak, spineless politicians seek control of our great American cities to violent mobs. Defund the police is the rallying cry for the new radical Democrat party. 220857 Joe Biden will not do what it takes to maintain order, to keep our children safe in our neighborhoods and in their schools, to restore our American way of life. We cannot dare to dream our biggest dreams for ourselves or for our children while consumed by worry about the safety of our families. President Trump is the law and order president, from our borders to our backyards. President Trump will keep America safe. President Trump will keep America prosperous. 220927 President Trump will keep America America. If you're watching tonight and wrestling with your vote on November 3, I implore you, tune out the distorted news and bias commentary and hear it straight from someone who knows. I wasn't born a trump. I'm from the south, I was raised a Carolina girl. I went to public schools and worked my way through a state university. Mrs. B from my seventh grade English class was right. 220957 What I learned about our president is different than what you might have heard. I learned that he's a good man. That he loves his family. That he didn't need this job. That no one on Earth works harder for the American people. That he's willing to fight for his beliefs and for the people and the country that he loves. 221018 He's a person of conviction. He's a fighter and will never stop fighting for America. He will uphold our values. He will preserve our families and he will build upon the great American edict that our union will never be perfect until opportunity is equal for all, including and especially for women. 221040 Our 40th president, Ronald Reagan, said it best: "The dreams of people may differ, but everybody wants their dreams to come true." And America, above all places, gives us the freedom to do that. It's up to us to keep this country a place where no dream is out of reach for our children and generations beyond. To my father-in-law, thank you for believing in me. 221105 Thank you for bravely leading this country and thank you for continuing to fight every day for America. May god bless and protect the Gulf states in the path of the hurricane. May god bless our troops, and may god continue to bless this incredible country. SAM VIGIL 221140 VIGIL>> Good evening. My name is Sam Vigil. There is a hole in my heart since my beloved Jackie was taken from me. This is her story. There were two things that Jackie loved to do every day. One was to go to the gym and tweet out bible verses and prayers to her friends. On November 19, the tweets stopped. That day started out like any other day. She left for the gym early in the morning. I heard the garage door open. Seconds later, I heard the car horn. 221212 I went outside to see if she had forgotten something. What I saw was a jeep blocking her car in the driveway. I noticed the bullet hole in Jackie's window. I saw someone jumping into the jeep and speeding away. Jackie had just been shot and killed in cold blood. We think this was a carjacking gone wrong. Very wrong. Every time I open the garage door or stand in the driveway, I hear that horn. I see her slumped in the seat. 221243 Where -- when I go to bed at night, that sound and image haunt me. That is my life sentence. It's a sentence being served by too many families left behind by senseless killings. Albuquerque, where I live, is one of the most violent cities in the country. 221303 Fewer than 50% of homicides are solved. It is a sad irony that Jackie immigrated to the U.S. for a better life than her native Columbia only to be gunned down in her own driveway. For eight months, there were no arrests no leads in connection with Jackie's murder. The Albuquerque police were overwhelmed. They needed help. Help arrived when president trump launched operation legend in July of this year. Almost immediately the FBI took over Jackie's case. In a matter of days, they arrested four people. 221341 The fifth suspect killer was arrested in Texas on unrelated charges. He is an illegal immigrant with a long criminal record. He had been deported in September and had come back in October to terrorize our community. I am extremely grateful to President Trump and the FBI for their efforts to deliver justice for Jackie and all the other innocent victims of violent crime. I'm honored to support the president because he is supporting us. I know he will never stop fighting for justice, for law and order. for peace, security, and our communities. CLARENCE HENDERSON 211424 CLARENCE HENDERSON>> Greetings, my fellow Americans. I am Clarence Henderson. There's been movements that have changed the course of history. Among the most extraordinary was the civil rights movement. 60 years ago, segregation was legal and enforced. The simple act of sitting at a lunch counter could lead to physical harm, jail time or worse. 221449 I know from personal experience. Walking into Woolworth's Department Store on Fairway and Second, 1960, I knew it was unlike any day I'd experienced before. My friends had been denied service the day before because of the color of their skin. We knew it wasn't right. But when we went back the next day, I didn't know whether I was going to come out in a vertical or prone position, in handcuffs or on a stretcher or even in a body bag. 221524 By sitting down to order a cup of coffee, we challenged injustice. We knew it was necessary, but we didn't know what would happen. We faced down the KKK. We were cursed at and called all kinds of names. They threatened to kill us and some of us were arrested, but it was worth it. 221548 Our actions inspired similar protests throughout the south against racial injustice. And in the end, segregation was abolished and our country moved a step closer to true equality for all. That's what actual peaceful protest can accomplish. America isn't perfect. We're always improving. But the great thing about this country is that it's not where you come from. It's where you're going. 221616 I was born on what some would call the wrong side of the tracks. I don't even have a birth certificate. I never attended an integrated school. And I'm the only one out of my immediate family who graduated from college, an hbcu. I'm a military veteran and a civil rights activist. And you know what else? I'm a Republican. And I support Donald Trump. If that sounds strange, you don't know your history. It was a Republican party that passed the 13th amendment, abolishing slavery. 221654 It was the Republican Party that passed the 14th Amendment, giving Black men citizenship. It was the Republican party that passed the 15th amendment, giving Black men the right to vote. Freedom of thought is a powerful thing. There are Americans, voters all over the country who media is trying to convince to conform to the same old Democratic talking points. You know what that will get you? The same old results. Joe Biden had the audacity to say if you don't vote for him, you ain't Black. Well, to that I say: if you do vote for Biden, you don't know history. 221733 Donald Trump is not a politician. He's a leader. Politicians are a dime a dozen. Leaders are priceless. The record funding Trump gave HBCUs is priceless, too. So are the record number of jobs he created for the black community and the investment he drove into our neighborhoods with tax incentives and opportunity Zones. And so are the lives he restored by passing criminal justice reform where 91% of the inmates released are black. 221807 These achievements demonstrate that Donald Trump truly cares about black lives. His policies show his heart. He's done more for black Americans in four years than Joe Biden has done in 50. Donald Trump is offering real and lasting change, an unprecedented opportunity to rise. A country that embraces the spirit of the civil rights movement of the 60s. 221835 A place where people are judged by the content of their character, their talents and abilities, not by the color of their skin. This is the America I was fighting for 60 years ago. this is the America Donald Trump is fighting for today. Let's all join in this fight for re-electing president trump on November 3. Thank you. RICHARD GRENELL 221904 GRENELL>> During the presidential debates four years ago, one outsider stood alone and said in public what most Americans thought in private. It was 14 years after the start of the war in Afghanistan and 12 years after the invasion of Iraq, where thousands of American troops had died and trillions in taxpayer dollars had been spent. And yet no candidate could bring themselves to admit that something had gone badly wrong with American foreign policy. 221935 But the American voter, the American soldier and the American taxpayer had always been let down. Except for one, Donald Trump. He called America's endless wars what they were -- a disaster. The media was shocked because Donald Trump was running as a Republican. And yet, he said out loud what we all knew, that American foreign policy was failing to make Americans safer. 222009 After the end of the cold war, Democrats and Republicans in Washington bought into the illusion that the whole world would start to resemble America, and so they started to pursue unlimited globalization. They welcomed China into the World Trade Organization. They engaged in nation building in Afghanistan, and tried to export democracy to Iraq. 222034 They signed a nuclear deal with Iran and a global climate agreement in Paris. But they didn't ground any of it in the interests of the average American. So for decades while Washington politicians built a global system, American wages stagnated. Our great cities and industries were hollowed out. Entire communities were devastated. 222059 And our manufacturing plants were shipped off to China. That's what happened when Washington stopped being the capitol of the United States and started being the capitol of the world. As the U.S. Ambassador to Germany, I had a front row seat to Donald Trump's America first foreign policy. I wish American could see how president trump negotiates on their behalf. 222126 I've watched President Trump charm the chancellor of Germany while insisting that Germany pay its NATO obligations. I was proud to witness President Trump say to foreign leaders, I don't blame you for wanting America to pay for your security. I actually respect you for out- negotiating the presidents before me. But it stops with me. I won't let the American taxpayer be taken advantage of. Donald Trump's administration has always made clear that our priority is the American people's security. 222203 That's the job of all leaders, to put their people first. And we've seen how this strategy has succeeded. In four short years, Donald Trump has led even some Washington Democrats to agree on the Chinese threat, on trade deals that benefit America first, on alliances that share responsibility. In four years, Donald Trump didn't start any new wars. He brought troops home. 222231 He rebuilt the military and signed peace deals that make Americans safer. The Washington elites want you to think this kind of foreign policy is immoral. And so they call it nationalist. That tells you all you need to know. The DC crowd thinks when they call Donald trump a nationalist, they're insulting him. As if the American president isn't supposed to base foreign policy on America's national interests. 222301 A return to the Biden way of thinking means America gives the radical terrorist regime in Tehran a planeload of cash in the middle of the night. Well you see, president trump also sent an aircraft in the middle of the night to deal with Iran. But that plane was on a different mission. An air strike to take out the head of Iran's terror machine who plotted the deaths of Americans. 222327 But we also must be clear that when those who seek freedom take tremendous personal risk in places like Hong Kong, Tehran or Minsk there's no doubt who president trump's administration supports. We will always stand with the people the who fight for their god-given freedoms. Don't be fooled. The Washington establishment is trying to sell you on their candidate. 222358 Joe Biden was first elected to the Senate in 1972, 48 years ago. Well, it's actually the typical Washington story. Just this year, 22 Democrats ran for President. They rejected all of the outsiders and nominated the ultimate Washington insider, someone that they had to pull out of retirement. 222424 Every time Joe Biden offers a new idea, you should ask yourself: why didn't he try that over the last 48 years? Today, the Democrats blame a global pandemic that started in China on President Trump, and they still blame Russia for Hillary Clinton's loss in 19-- in 2016. As acting director of national intelligence, I saw the Democrats' entire case for Russian collusion. 222451 And what I saw made me sick to my stomach. The Obama-Biden administration secretly launched a surveillance operation on the Trump campaign and silenced the many brave intelligence officials who spoke up against it. They presented bogus information as facts. They lied to judges, then they classified anything that undermined their case. And after Donald Trump won the election, when they should have continued the American tradition of helping the President-Elect transition into the White House, they tried instead to undercut him even more. 222533 Former vice president Joe Biden asked intelligence officials to uncover the hidden information on President Trump's incoming national security adviser three weeks before the inauguration. That's the Democrats. Between surveillance, classifications, leaks and puppet candidates, they never want the American people to know who is actually calling the shots. 222557 But with Donald Trump, you always know exactly who is in charge. Because the answer is you. You're in charge. Not lobbyists, not special interests. Not warmongers or China sympathizers or globalization fanatics. With Donald Trump and Mike Pence in the white house, the boss is the American people. President Trump rightly calls his foreign policy "America first." 222630 America first does not advance the interests of one group of Americans at the expense of another. It has no bias about red or blue, educated or not educated, urban or rural. America first is simply the belief that politicians should focus on the equality and dignity of every American. And that this duty is fulfilled by promoting the safety and wealth of the American people above all else. That's America first. That's the trump doctrine and that, my friends, is four more years. [RNC VIDEO] 222724 VO>> By dawn's early light, millions of Americans give thanks for this land, our liberties and those who defend it. That same pride inspired the words of our National Anthem, penned here as the smoke of battle lifted over two centuries ago. When those American soldiers bravely fought and died, repelling the British onslaught, they did so not only for our people which that flag represented, but for our principles for which the flag stood. 222754 Our god-given freedoms, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, equality under the law, government by the people. These are the threads that bind us together as Americans. For we're not a nation born of blood, but of belief. 222813 And even though that old flag has sometimes been battered and beaten, faded and forgotten, fired upon and set ablaze, there are heroes throughout our history who have picked up those tattered strands, mended them, and raised our flag anew. 222830 Just as the soldiers at Fort McHenry fought in defense of the beliefs that bind us today, there are new leaders who have devoted their life to do the same. 222846 MIKE PENCE (ON VIDEO)>> Greetings across the amber waves of grain, this is Mike pence. VO>> Across Indiana highways and homes, his voice warmly welcomed hoosiers each morning. Mike Pence filled the radio waves with conservative commentary, guarding our American ideals. But much like the man who inspired him, Mike didn't grow up a Republican. 222907 MIKE PENCE (VO)>> As president Reagan said, freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. >> His grandfather was a hard-working Irish immigrant who drove a bus to provide for his family. His father served our nation bravely in the Korean war and earned a bronze star. Mike was the third of six children raised here in Columbus, Indiana, with a cornfield in his backyard. 222930 MIKE PENCE (ON VIDEO)>> The foundation of America is freedom, and the foundation of freedom is faith. VO>> It was in this small Indiana town, his foundation of faith in Jesus Christ was laid. And from that conviction, sprung his love of people and service to others. It was at a church service where Mike met the love of his life, Karen. They married and have three children, Michael, Charlotte, and Audrey. MIKE PENCE (ON VIDEO)>> I'm a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order. 223000 VO>> Mike became the President of Free-Market Think Tank, the host of a statewide conservative radio show, and then a Congressman. In Washington, Mike quickly became known as a foremost defender of freedom. He led conservatives in the fight to protect our time-honored values of family, faith, life, liberty, and limited government. 223023 MIKE PENCE (ON VIDEO)>> Our nation's strength begins at homes, because strong families make a strong America. VO>> Mike earned the trust of the people of his state, and became the 50th governor of Indiana. He delivered the largest state tax cut in Indiana history, expanded school choice, led the country in manufacturing, and helped more hoosiers get to work than ever before, but he wasn't through. 223045 DAVID MUIR (ON VIDEO)>> ABC news has learned that Donald Trump will choose Indiana governor Mike pence to be his running mate. TRUMP (ON VIDEO)>> I would like to introduce a man who I truly believe will be the next vice president of the United States. Governor Mike pence. 223102 VO>> As our vice president, Mike Pence has held tightly to those threads of freedom, woven through our history. Leading with those principles alongside president trump, our nation experienced prosperity like never before. TRUMP (ON VIDEO)>> He is solid as a rock. He's been a fantastic vice president. 223120 VO>> And now in these uncertain days, we are equipped to overcome. In times of trouble, some call to retreat from those ideals. But Americans throughout history have lifted them in triumph, hope, and resilience. Mike pence knows those stars and stripes do not merely represent who we are, but more importantly, what we can be. 223147 As the sun rises again on America, we lift our eyes to those lofty truths, to guide our country and every one of us to greater heights. In this land of the free and home of the brave. Vice president Mike pence. 223227 [MIKE AND KAREN PENCE ENTER] 223227 >> Please welcome the vice president of the United States, Mike Pence. Accompanied by the second lady, Mrs. Karen Pence. MIKE PENCE 223327 [CROWD CHANTS "FOUR MORE YEARS] 223336 MIKE PENE>> Good evening, America. It's an honor to speak to you tonight from the hallowed grounds of Fort McHenry. The site of the very battle that inspired the words of our national anthem. Those words have inspired this land of heroes in every generation since. It was on this site 206 years ago when our young republic heroically withstood a ferocious naval bombardment from the most powerful empire on Earth. 223409 They came to crush our revolution, to divide our nation, and to end the American experiment. The heroes who held this fort took their stand for life, liberty, freedom and the American flag, and those ideals have defined our nation. 223434 But they were hardly ever mentioned at last week's Democratic national convention. Instead Democrats spent four days attacking America. Joe Biden said that we were living through a season of darkness. But as president trump said, where Joe Biden sees American darkness, we see American greatness. 223512 In these challenging times, our country needs a president who believes in America, who believes in the boundless capacity of the American people, to meet any challenge, defeat any foe, and defend the freedoms we hold dear. America needs four more years of president Donald Trump in the white house. 223540 Before I go forward, allow me to say a word to the families and communities in the path of Hurricane Laura. Our prayers are with you tonight, and our administration is working closely with authorities in the states that will be impacted. FEMA has mobilized resources and supplies for those in harm's way. This is a serious storm and we urge all of those in the affected areas to heed state and local authorities, stay safe and know that we'll be with you every step of the way, to support, rescue, respond, and recover in the days and weeks ahead. 223618 That's what Americans do. [ Applause ] Four years ago I answered the call to join this ticket because I knew that Donald Trump had the leadership and the vision to make America great again. And for the last four years I've watched this president endure unrelenting attacks but get up every day and fight to keep the promises that he made to the American people. 223652 So, with gratitude for the confidence president Donald Trump has placed in me, the support of our Republican party and the grace of god, I humbly accept your nomination to run and serve as Vice President of the United States. [applause/cheers] 223737 [crowd chants "FOUR MORE YEARS] 223740 Serving the American people in this office has been a journey I never expected. It's a journey that would not have been possible without the support of my family, beginning with my wonderful wife Karen. [ Applause ] 223801 She's a life-long school teacher, an incredible mother to our 3 children. And she's one outstanding second lady of the United States. I'm so proud of you. [ Applause ] And we couldn't be more proud of our three children: Marine Corps captain, Michael J. Pence, and his wife Sara. 223827 Our daughter Charlotte pence Bond, an author and wife to lieutenant Henry Bond who is currently deployed and serving our nation in the United States Navy. [ Applause ] 223845 And our youngest, a recent law school grad, our daughter Audrey and her fiance who like so many other Americans had to delay their wedding this summer. But we can't wait for Dan to be a part of our family. [ Applause ] In addition, my wife and kids, the person who's shaped my life the most is also with us tonight. 223916 My mom, Nancy. [ Applause ] She is the daughter of an irish immigrant, 87 years young. Mom follows politics very closely. And the truth be told, sometimes I think I'm actually her second favorite candidate on the trump/pence ticket. 223947 Thank you, Mom. I love you. Over the past 4 years, I've had the privilege to work closely with our President. I've seen him when the cameras are off. Americans see President Trump is lots if different ways. But there's not doubt how President Trump sees America. 224012 He sees America for what it is: a nation that has done more good in this world than any other, a nation that deserves far more gratitude than grievance. And if you want a president who falls silent when our heritage is demeaned or insulted, he's not your man. [ Applause ] 224041 Now we came by very different routes to this partnership, and some people think we're a little bit different. But you know, I've learned a few things watching him. Watching him deal with all that we've been through over the past four years. He does things in his own way, on his own terms. 224103 Not much gets past him, and when he has an opinion, he's liable to share it. [laughter] He's certainly kept things interesting. But more importantly, president Donald Trump has kept his word to the American people. [ Applause ] 224130 In a city known for talkers, President Trump is a doer. And few presidents have brought more Independence, energy or determination to that office. Four years ago, we inherited a military hollowed out by devastating budget cuts, an economy struggling to break out of the slowest recovery since the great depression. ISIS controlled a land mass twice the size of Pennsylvania, and we witnessed a steady assault on our most cherished values -- freedom of religion and the right to life. That's when president Donald Trump stepped in. 224211 And from day one, he kept his word. We rebuilt our military. [ Applause ] This president signed the largest increase in our national defense since the days of Ronald Reagan and created the first new branch of our armed forces in 70 years, the United States space force. [ Cheers and applause ] 224241 And with that renewed energy, we also returned American astronauts to space on an American rocket for the first time in nearly 10 years. And after years of scandal that robbed our veterans of the care that you earned in the uniform of the United States, president trump kept his word again. We reformed the va and veterans choice is now available for every veteran in America. [ Applause ] 224319 Our armed forces and our veterans fill this land of heroes, and many join us tonight in this historic fort. Tonight, we have among us four recipients of the medal of honor, [ Applause ] six recipients of the purple heart, [ Applause ] a gold star mother of a gallant Navy S.E.A.L. [ Applause ] and wounded warriors from Soldiers Strong, a group that serves our injured veterans every day. 224401 We are honored by your presence and we thank you for your service. [ Applause ] 224429 With heroes just like these, we defend this nation every day. And under this commander in chief, we've taken the fight to radical islamic terrorists on our terms on their soil. Last year, American armed forces took the last inch of ISIS territory, crushed their caliphate and took down their leader without one American causality. [ Applause ] 224457 And I was there when president trump gave the order to take out the world's most dangerous terrorist, Iran's top general will never harm another American because qassem soleimani is gone. [ Cheers and applause ] 224518 My fellow Americans, you deserve to know, Joe Biden criticized President Trump following those decisions, decisions to rid the world of two terrorist leaders. But it's not surprising, because history records that Joe Biden even opposed the operation that took down Osama bin Laden. It's no wonder that the secretary of the defense under the Obama/Biden administration once said that Joe Biden has been, and I quote, "wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades." 224602 So we've stood up to our enemies and we've stood with our allies, like when President Trump kept his word and moved the American Embassy to Jerusalem, [cheers/applause] the capital of the state of Israel, setting the stage for the first Arab country to recognize Israel in 26 years. [ Applause ] 224628 Closer to home, we appointed more than 200 conservative judges to our federal courts. We supported the right to life and all the god given liberties enshrined in our constitution, including the second amendment, right to keep and bear arms. [applause] And when it came to the economy, President Trump kept his word and then some. We passed the largest tax cut and reform in American history. 224655 We rolled back more federal red tape than any administration ever had. We unleashed American energy and fought for free and fair trade. And in our first three years, businesses large and small created more than 7 million good-paying jobs, including 500,000 manufacturing jobs all across America. [ Applause ] 224722 Our country became a net exporter of energy for the first time in 70 years. Unemployment rates for African-Americans and hispanic Americans hit the lowest level ever recorded. 224733 And on this 100th anniversary of the women's right to vote, I'm proud to report that under President Donald Trump, we achieved the lowest unemployment rate for women in 65 years. [ Applause ] And more Americans working than ever before. In our first three years, we built the greatest economy in the world. We made America great again. [ Applause ] 224807 And then, the coronavirus struck from China. Before the first case of the coronavirus spread within the United States, the President took unprecedented action and suspended all travel from China, the second largest economy in the world. Now, that action saved untold American lives, and I can tell you firsthand, it bought us invaluable time to launch the greatest national mobilization since World War II. 224841 President Trump marshalled the full resources of our federal government from the outset. He directed us to forge a seamless partnership with governors across America, in both political parties. We partnered with private industry to reinvent testing and produce supplies that we -- that were distributed to hospitals around the land. 224905 Today we're conducting more than 800,000 tests a day and we have coordinated the delivery of billions of pieces of personal protective equipment for our amazing doctors, nurses and health care workers. [ Applause ] We saw to the manufacture of 100,000 ventilators in 100 days and no one who required a ventilator was ever denied a ventilator in the United States. [ Applause ] 224945 We built hospitals, surged military medical personnel, and enacted an economic rescue package that saved 50 million American jobs. And as we speak, we're developing a growing number of treatments known as therapeutics, including convalescent plasma that are saving lives all across America. Now, last week, Joe Biden said that no miracle is coming. 225015 Well, what Joe doesn't seem to understand is that America is a nation of miracles. [ Applause ] And I'm proud to report that we're on track to have the world's first safe, effective coronavirus vaccine by the end of this year. [ Applause ] 225042 After all the sacrifice in this year like no other, all the hardship, we're finding our way forward again. But tonight, our hearts are with all of the families who have lost loved ones and have family members still struggling with serious illness. In this country, we mourn with those who mourn, we grieve with those who grieve. And this night, I know that millions of Americans will pause and pray for god's comfort for each of you. 225123 You know, our country doesn't get through such a time unless its people find strength within. The response of doctors, nurses, first responders, farmers, factory workers, truckers and everyday Americans who put the health and safety of their neighbors first has been nothing short of heroic. [ Applause ] 225154 Veronica Saez put on her scrubs every day, day in and day out went to work in one of New York City's busiest hospitals. She stayed on the job, put in the long hours until it was done and then got back in her neighborhood and helped neighbors and friends struggling. Her brother William is a New York City firefighter and they're both emblematic of heroes all across this country. 225231 They're with us tonight, and I say to them and to all of you: you have earned the admiration of the American people, and we will always be grateful for your service and care. [applause] 225309 Thanks to the courage and compassion of the American people, we're slowing the spread. We're protecting the vulnerable, and we're saving lives. And we're opening up America again. Because of the strong foundation that President Trump poured in our first 3 years, we've already gained back 9.3 million jobs in the last three months alone. [cheers and applause] 225339 And we're not just opening up America again, we're opening up America's schools. [ Applause ] 225351 And I'm proud to report that my wife, Karen, that school teacher I've been married to will be returning to her classroom next week. And so to all of our heroic teachers and faculty and staff, thank you for being there for our kids. We're going to stay with you every step of the way. [ Applause ] 225417 In the days ahead as we open up America again, I promise you, we'll continue to put the health of America first. 225425 And as we work to bring this economy back, we all have a role to play, and we all have a choice to make. On November 3rd, you need to ask yourself, who do you trust to rebuild this economy? A career politician who presided over the slowest economic recovery since the great depression, or a proven leader who created the greatest economy in the world? 225456 The choice is clear. To bring America all the way back, we need four more years of president Donald Trump in the white house. [ Cheers and applause ] 225523 My fellow Americans, we're passing through a time of testing. When, in the midst of this global pandemic, just as our nation had begun to recover, we've seen violence and chaos in the streets of our major cities. 225538 President Trump and I will always support the right of Americans to peaceful protest. But rioting and looting is not peaceful protest. Tearing down statues is not free speech, and those who do so will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. [ Applause ] 225605 Last week Joe Biden didn't say one word about the violence and chaos engulfing cities across this country. So let me be clear, the violence must stop. Whether in Minneapolis, Portland or Kenosha. Too many heroes have died defending our freedom to see Americans strike each other down. 225629 We will have law and order on the streets of this country for every American of every race and creed and color. [ Cheers and applause ] President Trump and I know that the men and women that put on the uniform of law enforcement are the best of us. Every day, when they walk out that door, they consider our lives more important than their own. 225715 People like Dave Patrick Underwood, an officer in the Department of Homeland Security's federal protective service who was shot and killed during the riots in Oakland, California. Dave's heroism is emblematic of the heroes that serve in blue every day. And we're privileged tonight to be joined by his sister, Angela. 225745 Angela, we say to you, we -- we grieve with your family, and America will never forget or fail to honor officer Dave Patrick Underwood. [ Applause ] 225809 The American people know we don't have to choose between supporting law enforcement and standing with our African-American neighbors to improve the quality of their lives, education, jobs, and safety. 225827 And from the first days of this administration, we've done both. And we will keep supporting law enforcement and keep supporting our African-American and minority communities across this land for four more years. (standing ovation) Now, Joe Biden says that America is systematically racist. 225904 And that law enforcement in America has, and I quote, "an implicit bias" against minorities. When asked whether he'd support cutting funding to law enforcement, Joe Biden replied, "Yes, absolutely." Joe Biden would double down on the very policies that are leading to violence in America's cities. 225934 The hard truth is, you won't be safe in Joe Biden's America. And under President Trump, we will always stand with those who stand on the thin blue line, and we're not going to defund the police, not now, not ever. [ Cheers and applause ] 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 08262020 230000 2020 230010 My fellow Americans, we're passing through a time of testing. But soon, we will come to a time for choosing. Joe Biden has referred to himself as a transition candidate. And many were asking, transition to what? 230024 Last week Democrats didn't talk very much about their agenda. And if I were them, I wouldn't either. [ Laughter ] I mean Bernie Sanders did tell his followers that Joe Biden would be the most liberal president in modern times. In fact, he said, and I quote, that many of the ideas he fought for, that just a few years ago were considered radical, are now mainstream in the democratic party. 230059 At the root of their agenda, is the belief that America is driven by envy, not aspiration. That millions of Americans harbor ill will toward our neighbors, instead of loving our neighbors as ourselves. The radical left believes that the federal government must be involved in every aspect of our lives to correct those American wrongs. They believe the federal government needs to dictate how Americans live, how we should work, how we should raise our children. 230133 And in the process, deprive our people of freedom, prosperity and security. Their agenda is based on government control. Our agenda is based on freedom. [Applause] 230152 Where President Trump cut taxes, Joe Biden wants to raise taxes by nearly 4 trillion dollars. Where this President achieved energy independence for the United States, Joe Biden would abolish fossil fuels, end fracking, and impose a regime of climate change regulations that would drastically increase the cost of living for working families. Where we fought for free and fair trade and this president stood up to China and ended the era of economic surrender, Joe Biden has been a cheerleader for communist China. 230228 He wants to repeal all of the tariffs that are leveling the playing field for American workers and he actually criticized president trump for suspending all travel to China at the outset of this pandemic. Joe Biden is for open borders, sanctuary cities, free lawyers and health care for illegal immigrants. President trump, he secured our border and built nearly 300 miles of that border wall. [ Applause ] Joe Biden wants to end school choice. 230308 And President Trump believes that every parent should have the right to choose where their children go to school, regardless of their income or area code. [ Applause ] President Trump -- President Trump has stood without apology for the sanctity of human life, every day of this administration. Joe Biden, he supports taxpayer funding of abortion, right up to the moment of birth. 230342 When you consider their agenda, it's clear. Joe Biden would be nothing more than a Trojan horse for the radical left. The choice in this election has never been clearer, and the stakes have never been higher. Last week, Joe Biden said democracy is on the ballot. And the truth is, our economic recovery is on the ballot. 230408 Law and order are on the ballot. But so are things far more fundamental and foundational to our country. In this election it's not so much whether America will be more conservative or more liberal, more Republican or more Democrat. The choice in this election is whether America remains America. 230435 It's whether we will leave to our children and grandchildren a country grounded in our highest ideals of freedom, free markets, and the unalienable right to life and liberty, or whether we will leave them a country that is fundamentally transformed into something else. We stand at a crossroads, America. 230458 President Trump has set our nation on a path of freedom and opportunity. Joe Biden would set America on a path of socialism and decline, but we're not going to let it happen. [ Applause ] 230520 President Donald Trump believes in America and in the goodness of the American people, the boundless potential of every American to live out their dreams in freedom and, every day, President Trump has been fighting to protect the promise of America. 230537 Every day our president has been fighting to expand the reach of the American dream. Every day president Donald Trump has been fighting for you. And now it's our turn to fight for him. (applause) 230603 On this night in the company of heroes, I'm deeply grateful. Deeply grateful for the privilege of serving as vice president of this great nation, and to have the opportunity to serve again. I pray to be worthy of it, and I will give that duty all that's in me. In the year 2020, the American people have had more than our share of challenges. But, thankfully, we have a president with the toughness, energy, and resolve to see us through. 220641 Now, those traits actually run in our national character. As the invading force learned on approach to this fort, in September of 1814, against fierce and sustained bombardment, our young country was defended by heroes, not so different from those who are with us tonight. The enemy was counting on them to quit, but they never did. 230718 Fort McHenry, held and when morning came, our flag was still here. [ Applause ] My fellow Americans, we're going through a time of testing. But if you look through the fog of these challenging times, you will see. Our flag is still there today. 230756 That star-spangled banner still waves over the land of the free and the home of the brave. From these hallowed grounds, American patriots in generations gone by did their part to defend freedom. Now it's our turn. So let's run the race marked out for us. 230829 Let's fix our eyes on old glory and all she represents. Let's fix our eyes on this land of heros. And let their courage inspire. And let's fix our eyes on the author and perfecter of our faith and our freedom. And never forget that where the spirit of the lord is, there's freedom. That means freedom always wins. [ Cheers and applause ] 230910 My fellow Americans, thank you for the honor of addressing you tonight and the opportunity to run and serve again as your vice president. I leave here today inspired. And I leave here today more convinced than ever that we will do in our time, as Americans have done throughout our long and storied past. We will defend our freedom and our way of life. We will reelect our president and principled Republican leaders across the land. 230948 And with president Donald Trump in the White House for four more years, and with god's help, we will make America great again. Again. [ Applause ] Thank you. God bless you. And god bless the United States of America. [ Cheers and applause ] 231035 [DONALD AND MELANIA TRUMP ENTER] 231132 ["FOUR MORE YEARS" CHANTS] 231212 [TRACE ADKINS SINGING "STAR SPANGLED BANNER"] 231449 [DONALD AND MELANIA TRUMP GO TO CROWD] #### RNC Night 3 (#1): Re-upping schedule and preview Good evening from Charlotte, Jacksonville, Jerusalem, my living room (again!) for night 3 of the Republican National Convention. We are less than an hour away from the start of the primetime program, on a night featuring several notable speakers, including Vice President Pence and Karen Pence; Sens. Marsha Blackburn and Joni Ernst; Reps. Dan Crenshaw, Elise Stefanik and Lee Zeldin; Kellyanne Conway and Kayleigh McEnany. Tonight's theme: "America Land of Heroes." Below this email you'll find tonight's full schedule, plus background, courtesy of Alisa and Terrance (though please note that much of it is off-the-record prior to air). Notes from tonight's proceedings will all come chained as replies to this email. Despite many speeches being pre-taped, we'll be on particular lookout for reactions to the Kenosha shooting and ongoing protests, and to Hurricane Laura, and will be sure to flag any related comments. RNC Night 3 (#2): Legislators highlight law enforcement within 'heroes' theme 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7Cbb369fea80ee4499b55908d84a25e978%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340874074699417&sdata=nqIX44I9Rb5fKP8Ad9ehf71kZX4nYJhSPgdNGjqRCMA%3D&reserved=0> After another Jon Voight-narrated video to begin the evening, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem -- who has worked her way into President Trump's good graces recently, particularly following Trump's July 4 trip to Mt. Rushmore -- gave the first noteworthy remarks, arguing that "our founding principles are under attack," and took an ominous and potentially pandemic-related shot at "so-called experts" while discussing civil liberties. "America is unique in the world. Government's power at all levels is limited to the confines of our Constitution, which protects our God-given liberties and civil rights. We are not - and will not - be the subjects of an elite class of so-called experts. We the people are the government." (20:37:30) Noem also compared President Trump to Abraham Lincoln -- a comparison Trump likes to make himself when it comes to advancing the lives of Black Americans. "When he was just 28 years old, Honest Abe saw wild and furious passions, "worse than savage mobs," he said, taking the place of reasoned judgment. He was alarmed by the increasing disregard for the rule of law throughout the country." (20:37:59) "He was concerned for the people who had seen their property destroyed, their families attacked, and their lives threatened or even taken away. These good people were becoming tired of, and disgusted with, a government that offered them no protection. Sound familiar?" (20:38:37) Later, Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee focused much of her remarks on "the heroes of our law enforcement and armed services" including some lines critics are likely to seize upon amid the uproar over the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Blackburn did not specifically mention the shooting. "Leftists turned them into villains. They want to cancel them. But I'm here to tell you, these heroes can't be cancelled." (20:44:53) "I see law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every single day to keep our community safe, in spite of the hatred thrown at them." (20:45:30) "They say, we can't gather in community groups, but encourage protests, riots, and looting in the streets." (20:47:14) Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw picked up on that theme in some ways, comparing the heroism he witnessed as a Navy SEAL to the everyday heroism across the country. Like Blackburn, Crenshaw took clear shots at Democrats and this summer's racial justice protests. "It's the cop that gets spit on one day and will save a child's life the next." (20:50:30) "Heroism is self-sacrifice, not moralizing and lecturing over others when they disagree. Heroism is grace, not perpetual outrage. Heroism is rebuilding our communities, not destroying them. Heroism is renewing faith in the symbols that unite us, not tearing them down." (20:50:50) RNC Night 3 (#3): Women's issues spotlighted; McEnany gets personal 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7Cb445ea48026d4e3315de08d84a295790%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340888949873480&sdata=yhcX97SjhJ8t6aFLp9ZmPV%2BMQMFo5e%2Bmtp5rx%2FL%2Fv7E%3D&reserved=0> After a video on the women's suffrage movement, a trio of prominent women spoke to the convention. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany delivered deeply personal remarks about her choice to undergo a preventative mastectomy in 2018 and President Trump's support both shortly after the procedure and later while working White House, while balancing motherhood. "During one of my most difficult times, I expected to have the support of my family, but I had more support than I knew. As I came out of anesthesia, one of the first calls I received was from Ivanka Trump. Days later, as I recovered, my phone rang. It was President Trump, calling to check on me. I was blown away. Here was the leader of the free world caring about me." (21:06:05) She also echoed some of Trump's language about community safety and squeezed in what appeared to be a reference to the DNC pledge of allegiance controversy. "When I look into my baby's eyes, I see a new life, a miracle for which I have a solemn responsibility to protect.That means protecting America's future- a future President Trump will fight for where our neighborhoods are protected, where life is sacred, where God is cherished-- not taken out of our schools, removed from our Pledge, and erased from our history. I want my daughter to grow up in President Donald Trump's America." (21:07:47) Next, Second Lady Karen Pence highlighted the work of the armed services, referencing the service of her son and son-in-law, members of the Marines and Navy, respectively, and the difficulty many veterans encounter with PTSD. Referencing the 19th Amendment's centennial, she also put out a blanket call for Americans to vote -- something the administration's critics would argue that her husband and President Trump are making it more difficult to do. "100 years ago women secured the right to vote, so let's vote, America. Let's honor our heroes." (21:14:30) Afterward, Kellyanne Conway, promoted Trump's efforts to elevate women within the administration and argued that "empowerment" comes neither from social media slogans or "corporate handbooks." "This has been a century worth celebrating, but also a reminder that our democracy is young and fragile. A woman in a leadership role still can seem novel. Not so for President Trump. For decades, he has elevated women to senior positions in business and in government. He confides in and consults us, respects our opinions, and insists that we are on equal footing with the men. President Trump helped me shatter a barrier in the world of politics by empowering me to manage his campaign to its successful conclusion." (21:15:47) "For many of us, "women's empowerment" is not a slogan. It comes not from strangers on social media or sanitized language in a corporate handbook. It comes from the everyday heroes who nurture us, who shape us, and who believe in us." (21:16:17) RNC Night 3 (#4): Speakers attack Biden on abortion, faith; Cawthorn challenges conservatives 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7C9e032392ab3c40f3ea6708d84a2f3ff7%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340914175930792&sdata=I9rwYPAb%2FYIoGR4Iei6PhXjpPNcBEXxOS2x0e%2BF9ImE%3D&reserved=0> Abortion was the common thread between the remarks of Sister Dede Byrne of the community of the Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, and former college football coach Lou Holtz. Byrne shared details of her career as an Army doctor before entering the religious order in 2002, and used the experience to make her position on reproductive rights abundantly clear. "As followers of Christ, we are called to stand up for life and against the politically correct or fashionable today. We must fight against a legislative agenda that supports and even celebrates destroying life in the womb. In fact, the laws we create define how we see our humanity. And we must ask ourselves, what are we saying when we go into a womb and snuff out an insignificant, powerless, voiceless life." (21:22:44) She went on to make an inflammatory claim about the positions of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on the issue. "Donald Trump is the most pro-life President that this nation has ever had, defending life at all stages. His belief in the sanctity of life transcends politics. President Trump will stand up against Biden/Harris who are the most anti-life presidential ticket ever, even supporting the horrors of late-term abortion and infanticide." (21:23:45) Holtz later pointed to the subject to explain his support of Trump, while launching another attack on Biden's faith. "One of the important reasons he has my trust is because nobody has been a stronger advocate for the unborn than President Trump. The Biden-Harris ticket is the most radically pro-abortion campaign in history. They and other politicians are "Catholics in Name Only" and abandon innocent lives. President Trump protects those lives." (21:27:23) Later, New York Rep. Elise Stefanik gave a relatively traditional convention speech, describing her upstate New York district and telling her American dream story: the first in her family to go to college, small business success and election as the youngest Republican woman in House history. She also touted her work as a member of President Trump's impeachment defense (only the second mention of the word "impeachment" in three days), using it to bash the media and Democrats, who she later also characterized in now-boilerplate fashion as socialists. "President Trump has fought tirelessly to deliver results for all Americans, despite the Democrats' baseless and illegal impeachment sham and the media's endless obsession with it. I was proud to lead the effort standing up for the Constitution, President Trump, and most importantly the American people. This attack was not just on the President, it was an attack on you - your voice and your vote." (21:35:09) "But the American people were not swayed by these partisan attacks. Our support for President Trump is stronger than ever before." (21:35:23) From a former "Baby of the House" to the potential next holder of that title. 25-year-old North Carolina 11th Congressional District candidate Madison Cawthorn spoke of the car accident that left him partially paralyzed at 18, but of his decision, in its aftermath to "fight for our future" after his wheelchair initially made him feel "invisible." "This is a time of great adversity for our country. And I know something about adversity." (21:37:26) Cawthorn noted that several of the Founding Fathers had their first tastes of government and military leadership in their 20s (though he incorrectly claimed James Madison signed the Declaration of Independence - h/t Kelsey Walsh) "In times of peril, young people saved this country abroad and at home. We held the line, scaled cliffs, crossed oceans, liberated camps and cracked codes." (21:39:32) Interestingly, he also issued a charge to his fellow Republicans, challenging them to be clearer about their ideas and policies. "To conservatives, let's define what we support and win the argument in areas like health care and the environment." (21:40:31) There was also a nice moment at the end of his remarks during which Cawthorn stood while reciting part of the Pledge of Allegiance. (21:41:23) RNC Night 3 (#5): Remarks on China, coronavirus, agriculture as speakers jump topic-to-topic 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7C92c74d7709dd43420f5c08d84a31c317%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340924953504603&sdata=kbPL5btX2PfhIypqyawNq7oWfP9p3rij4sL3FHlbKTU%3D&reserved=0> Chinese dissident Chen Guangchen described that country's Communist Party as an "enemy of humanity" and accused it of covering up the coronavirus pandemic, while criticizing the Obama-Biden administration for a policy of "appeasement." "The U.S. must use its values of freedom, democracy, and the role of law to gather a coalition of other democracies to stop CCP's aggression. President Trump has led on this, and we need the other countries to join him in this fight. A fight for our future. Standing up to fight and fairness isn't easy. I know. So does President Trump. But he has shown the courage to lead that fight." (21:48:56) New York Rep. Lee Zeldin, who had been listed earlier in the schedule, but spoke over midway through, devoted a larger proportion of his remarks to the pandemic than nearly any other speaker through the first three days. Zeldin spoke of the health challenges faced by his daughters before turning to the efforts undertaken by the administration to combat the coronavirus. "When I learned my county's PPE stockpile was depleted, I immediately thought of those healthcare workers who saved my baby girls. Jared Kushner and I were on the phone late into that Saturday night. The very next day, President Trump announced he was sending us 200,000 N-95 masks. He actually delivered almost 400,000. That number quickly grew to 1.2 million masks, gowns, and more. The President sent thousands of ventilators to New York. He deployed the USS Comfort and converted the Javits Center to a field hospital." (21:51:25) "His administration authorized our lab testing requests at blinding speed. During a once in a century pandemic, an unforeseeable crisis sent to us from a far away land, the president's effort for New York was phenomenal." (21:51:56) Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa, in the midst of a competitive campaign of her own, spoke about the recent derecho that wiped out one-third of the state's crops, and thanked Trump for immediately approving disaster aid. She further honed-in on agriculture while criticizing Democrats, and making a few less-than-truthful claims about the Green New Deal "I can't recall an administration more hostile to farmers than Obama-Biden, unless you count the Biden-Harris ticket. The Democratic Party of Joe Biden is pushing this so-called Green New Deal. If given power, they would essentially ban animal agriculture and eliminate gas-powered cars. It would destroy the agriculture industry, not just here in Iowa, but throughout the country." (21:57:31) RNC Night 3 (#6): Lara Trump on meeting the family; Richard Grenell on foreign policy and 'charming' Merkel 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7C9f499e9f2dcc4065864108d84a36bfa5%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340946365837028&sdata=V9WrWu5Icu9soTZ80sBjYwGIVi3EzRPplTR01rO0%2BSM%3D&reserved=0> (Pence highlights TK via Gomez; h/t to Farrell, Gingello, Johnson, Levine, & McNish for the logs) Lara Trump, the president's daughter-in-law, and a now-seasoned public speaker and advocate through her role as a campaign adviser, gave another only-in-this-country speech, in which she spoke of her small business-owner parents and her New York City dreams, while offering a peek behind the curtain of the Trump family and highlighting women's issues yet again. "Any preconceived notion I had of this family disappeared immediately. They were warm and caring, they were hard workers, and they were down to earth. They reminded me of my own family - they made me feel like I was home." (22:04:53) "Walking the halls of the Trump Organization, I saw the same family environment. I also saw, first-hand, the countless women executives who thrived there, year after year." (22:05:22) She went on to detail how she became involved in the 2016 campaign, claiming his trust in her was a reflection of his support of all women, and perhaps reveling her father-in-law's lax employment vetting standards. "Though I had no political experience, he believed in me and supported me - he knew I was capable even if I didn't." (22:05:50) "So, it didn't surprise me when President Donald Trump appointed the most women to senior level positions of any administration in history. The Secretary of the United Nations, Secretary of the Air Force, the first female CIA Director, the first African American female director of the Fish and Wildlife service and countless ambassadors, just to name a few." (22:05:58) "He didn't do these things to gain a vote or to check a box - he did them because they are the right things to do." (22:06:43) After later pledging that the president will "keep America America," Lara Trump made a personal appeal to undecided voters, referencing her seventh grade teacher who once told her to "believe none of what you hear, half of what you read and only what you're there to witness firsthand." "If you're watching tonight and wrestling with your vote on November 3rd, I implore you: tune out the distorted news and biased commentary and hear it straight from someone who knows. I wasn't born a Trump. I'm from the South. I was raised a Carolina girl. I went to public schools and worked my way through a state university. Mrs. B from my seventh grade English class was right - what I learned about our president is different than what you might have heard." (22:09:27) "I learned that he is a good man. That he loves his family. That he didn't need this job. That no one on Earth works harder for the American people. That he's willing to fight for his beliefs, and for the people -- and the country -- that he loves." (22:09:57) Later, former Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell harkened back to 2016, touting Trump, who, during that cycle's debates "stood alone and said in public what most Americans thought in private." "No candidate could bring themselves to admit that something had gone badly wrong with American foreign policy. That the American voter, the American soldier, and the American taxpayer, had all been let down. Except for one - Donald Trump. He called America's endless wars what they were: A disaster." (22:19:10) Grenell, also the former ambassador to Germany, stuck mostly to foreign policy and characterized the president as a savvy diplomat who still managed to negotiate like a businessman. "I've watched President Trump charm the Chancellor of Germany, while insisting that Germany pay its NATO obligations. I was proud to witness President Trump say to foreign leaders: "I don't blame you for wanting America to pay for your security. I actually respect you for out-negotiating the Presidents before me. But it stops with me. I won't let the American taxpayer be taken advantage of." (22:21:26) He also praised Trump's national security and defense record, arguing that a perspective rooted in nationalism had been unfairly criticized. "In four years, Donald Trump didn't start any new wars. He brought troops home. He rebuilt the military, and signed peace deals that make Americans safer. The Washington elites want you to think this kind of foreign policy is immoral. And so they call it "nationalist." That tells you all you need to know. The DC crowd thinks when they call Donald Trump a nationalist, they're insulting him. As if the American president isn't supposed to base foreign policy on America's national interests." (22:22:03) Turning to Joe Biden and the Democratic Party, Grenell honed in on Biden's age and questioned his efficacy as a leader given his long tenure in Washington. "Don't be fooled - the Washington establishment is trying to sell you on their candidate. Joe Biden was first elected to the Senate in 1972. 48 years ago." (22:23:58) "It's actually the typical Washington story. Just this year, 22 Democrats ran for President. They rejected all the outsiders, and nominated the ultimate Washington insider. Someone they had to pull out of retirement. Every time Joe Biden offers a new idea, you should ask yourself: "Why didn't he try that over the last 48 years?" (22:24:24)
5540 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION NIGHT 3 CHARLOTTE NC RNC CLEAN POOL 08262020 190000 2020
5540 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC RNC CLEAN POOL 08262020 190000 2020 ***DO NOT EDIT OR MODIFY THIS DOC IN ANY WAY. ONLY LOGGERS ARE PERMITTED. WEDNESDAY AUGUST 26 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION FULL LOG 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 203006 VO>> Long before the shots fired at Concord, were men and women of remarkable character and fortitude. An extraordinary spirit fueled the dreams they held. That spirit lived on to win liberty in the Revolution, embolden the underground railroads. It strengthened the brave souls at Normandy. 230032 It endured with those who gallantly fought the spread of communism. And on 9/11, that same spirit was found in the men and women storming the gates of death to save precious lives. The spirit of heroism thrives in the presence of tyranny, disaster. It is stronger than any virus. 203058 Yet there are those who condemn our heroes, seek to erase history, deconstruct the American ideals, remake America into something it was never intended to be. But the spirit of heroism stands in the breach. It lives in the heart. It breathes in the soul. And is woven into the courageous fabric of Americans like you. It preserves liberty. It strengthens families. It empowers the extraordinary. 203132 The spirit of heroism inspires us to act when others are in need, to do the right thing. Join us tonight. Dream heroic dreams. Celebrate America, land of the free, home of the brave. 203200 >> From Washington D.C., welcome to the 2020 Republican National Convention. Tonight, celebrating America as the land of heroes. 203225 >> Lord, almighty god, we come before you this evening and pray for your divine protection over our brothers and sisters in the path of storms along our Gulf Coast. You are our rock and our shelter, in the midst of the storms of life. You are the god who commands the winds and the waves, and we pray that He will provide refuge to our people. 203252 Oh, lord, you have granted us certain natural rights such as the right to speak freely, life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness as well as religious freedom, the right to assemble and the right to self-defense. Only in America have these god-given rights so flourished and been categorized as belonging to the people, embodying the very essence of our government. 223322 Father, we pray that this outlook and mindset, this form of government continues, as has been our history, especially now when, to our horror, it is being challenged. And so, we pray that god give strength and health to our President who has splendidly demonstrated daily his determination to defend and maintain the god-given rights of our citizens, as enshrined in our constitution and in our declaration. 203356 [And] eloquently passed down through our Judeoo-Christian tradition. President Trump has stood up fearlessly against those corrupting the term "social justice," so as to deny Americans their birthright and these divine gifts. 203413 May god protect him. May god bless all those in government and among our citizens who seek to honor, defend, and preserve our heritage. This land was founded in an epic and providential moment. Like the revelation at sinai, it was the moment when the vision of god rendezvoused with the soaring and noble plans of appointed men. Yet every so often, apace various generations, we are compelled to resurrect and give rebirth to our providential beginning, to renew our present days with the exuberance of those founding days. 203501 Perhaps that is what is meant when you say make America great again. We pledge to viginantly protect and tend the garden so as to imbibe its blessed fruits. May god continue to make America great and may we continue to be his people, one nation, under god, and let us say amen. 203530 >> I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic, for which it stands. One nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. KRISTI NOEM 203557 NOEM>> Good evening. I'm governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota. I'm here tonight because I believe America is an exceptional nation, founded on three principles: equality, freedom, and opportunity. But today, our founding principles are under attack. This year the choice for Americans is between a man who values these ideals, and all that can be built because of them, and a man who isn't guided by these ideals and coincidentally has built nothing. 203628 Remember, America's battle for Independence and fight for self governance was something that had never been done before. Men of great intellect and wisdom like James Madison, the father of our constitution, hoped our constitutional republic would last for ages, mitigate the problems that would naturally arise from political factions, and prevent tyranny. Madison also authored much of the bill of rights. 203653 Because he understood the natural tendency of government to increasingly encroach on the people's consent, and thus, our freedom. He urged his colleagues to adopt these amendments to enshrine in our Constitution the ideals laid out in the declaration of Independence, that all power comes from the people. That the government is created and ought to be exercised for the benefit of the people. Our constitution guarantees the right to speak, to assemble, and to worship. 203725 The right to arm ourselves as a counterbalance to a standing army. And the right to a fair and equitable criminal justice system. We must fight to protect these foundational rights from government interference and indifference. America is unique in the world. Government's power at all levels is limited to the confines of our constitution, which protects our god-given liberties and civil rights. We are not and will not be the subjects of an elite class of so-called experts. 203759 We, the people, are the government. Now at times our country has struggled to live up to our founding principles. Another great American, Abraham Lincoln, knew that struggle better than anybody. When he was just 28 years old, honest Abe saw wild and furious passions worse than savage mobs, he said, taking the place of reason and judgment. He was alarmed by the increasing disregard for the rule of law throughout the country. He was concerned for the people that had seen their property destroyed, their families attacked, and their lives threatened or even taken away. 203837 These good people were becoming tired of and disgusted with a government that offered no protection. Sound familiar? It took 244 years to build this great nation, flaws and all. But we stand to lose it in a tiny fraction of that time, if we continue down the path taken by the Democrats and their radical supporters. From Seattle and Portland to Washington and New York, Democrat-run cities across this country are being overrun by violent mobs. 203910 The violence is rampant. There's looting, chaos, destruction, and murder. People that can afford to flee have fled but the people that can't, good hard-working Americans, are left to fend for themselves. The Republican party's commitment to individual rights and self government is as necessary today as it was in 1860, when we won our first presidential election. 203937 Our party respects individuals based on who they are. We don't divide people based on their belief or their roots. We don't shun people who think for themselves. We respect everyone, equally, under the constitution, and we treat them as Martin Luther King Jr. wished, according to the content of their character, not the color of their skin. 204001 In just four years, President Trump has lifted people of all races and backgrounds out of poverty. He shrunk government. He put money back into the pockets of hard-working, ordinary Americans. He has advanced religious liberty, he protected the second amendment. You can look back 50 years, you won't find anyone that has surpassed President Trump's success on these four issues alone. 204027 History chooses its heros for the time in which they live. At our founding, Madison was one of the chosen. When the nation's very existence was challenged it was Lincoln's turn. Thanks to these men, America is a land of hope. Their examples have been repeated in countless ways by simple Americans following their conscience. But there is another American hero to be recognized. And that is the common American. 204057 This is who president Trump is fighting for. He's fighting for you. SCOTT DANE 204121 DANE>> I'm Scott Dane. I represent loggers and truckers in Minnesota, but I also represent a way of life. Logging's been a part of the great American story from the beginning. In fact. if you go to the capitol rotunda and look up, you can see loggers on one of the panels -- New England settlers carving out a new world from the wilderness. Logging is the most dangerous job in the country, but we embrace that risk because we know America was built by strong people, building things together. America needs us to keep building and we can't wait to be a part of it. 204157 But the last time Joe Biden was in the white house, Minnesota lost nearly half of its mills, thousands of jobs, and experienced nearly a decade of decline. It was a similar story in other parts of the country. The administration just didn't seem to care, and 47 years in Washington, Joe Biden hasn't done anything for the timber industry. When plants close in Duluth, Sartel, Cook, and Bemidji, they were just numbers on paper to the Obama-Biden administration. To me they were people and jobs and families. 204233 Under obama-biden, radical environmentalists were allowed to kill the forest. Wildfire after wildfire shows the consequences. Managed forests, the kind my people work in, are healthy forests. Under president trump, we've seen a new recognition of the value of forest management in reducing wildfires. And we've seen new support for our way of life where a strong back and a strong work ethic can build a strong middle class. 204258 We want to build families where we were raised and stand by communities that stood by us. We want that way of life available for the next generation and we want our forests there, too. President Trump, thank you for helping us do just that. MARSHA BLACKBURN 204335 BLACKBURN>> Hi, I'm US Senator Marsha Blackburn from Tennessee. America is a nation of heroes. In times of difficulty, we're reminded that they're all around us. They're in the line with us at the grocery store, in the pew with us at church. They're the regular American who step up to volunteer and serve when we need them most. 204400 They've stood at the forefront throughout this pandemic. The emergency room nurses who go back shift after shift. 204411 The medical researchers developing a vaccine and therapies to combat what the Chinese communist regime unleashed on the world. Cookville's Double Strings Church of Christ members, lifting our country up in prayer and providing for those impacted by tragedy. But tonight, I want to talk to you about another kind of hero. The kind democrats don't recognize because they don't fit into their narrative. I'm talking about the heroes from law enforcement and armed services. 204453 Leftists turned them into villains. They want to cancel them. But I'm here to tell you, these heroes can't be cancelled. Tennessee is full of them. After all, we're the volunteer state. My dad served in the Army in World War 2. When he came home, he put on another uniform, and for 30 years, volunteered to help our under funded sheriff's department. I'm reminded of him whenever I see compassion and selflessness in others. 204530 When I see law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every single day to keep our community safe, in spite of the hatred thrown at them. When I see the heroes who volunteer to serve our country, putting their lives on the line for their freedom. Many of these heroes call Tennessee home and we could not be more proud of the brave men and women of the 101st airborne division at Fort Campbell. 204605 The common thread between them is a deep seeded desire to serve a cause larger than themselves. They don't believe their country owes them anything. They believe they owe their country and their fellow man. As hard as Democrats try, they can't cancel our heroes. They cannot contest their behavery and they can't dismiss the powerful sense of service that lives deep in their souls. 204643 So they try to defund them -- our military, our police, even ICE -- to take away their tools to keep us safe. Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and their radical allies try to destroy these heroes because if there are no heroes to inspire us, government can control us. They close our churches, but keep the liquor stores and abortion clinics open. 204714 They say, we can't gather in community groups, but encourage protests, riots, and looting in the streets. If the Democrats had their way, they would keep you locked in your house until you become dependent on the government for everything. That sounds a lot like communist China to me. Maybe that's why Joe Biden is so soft on them, why Nancy Pelosi says that China would prefer Joe Biden. Yep. I bet they would. 204749 But, President Trump has stood up for our heroes every day. He stood by our law enforcement, our military, and the freedoms we hold dear. He's made good on his promise to put America first. And I hope you will stand with me as we send him back for four more years, with a clear message to the democrats, you will never cancel our heroes. DAN CRENSHAW 204828 CRENSHAW>>> Hi, I'm Congressman Dan Crenshaw. 8 years ago, in the fields of Helmand Province, Afghanistan, a close friend and teammate laid down cover fire against Taliban insurgents so that I could walk, blind and bloodied, to the Med-Evac helicopter, and survive. But he didn't. Dave Orson was killed 2 months later. 204848 He died a hero to this great country. Here's the truth about America: we are a country of heroes. I believe that. So should you. We are a people with a common set of ideals, conceived in liberty. People that have sacrificed, time and time again, for the freedom and freedom of others -- that's something that no country ever, anywhere can claim. 204911 Since 9/11, I've seen America's heroes up close. Some of them saved my life. Some of them saved many others lives. Many of them never made it home. These heroes act as if the whole struggle depended on them alone, as if any weakness on their part would be a reflection of the whole nation. That is called duty. 204930 And America has a long history of it. Our enemies fear us, because Americans can fight for good and we know it. It gives us strength. When our heroes are trusted and equipped, then freedom prevails. The defeat of ISIS was the result of America believing in our heroes. Our president having their backs and rebuilding our military so we'd have what we needed to finish the mission. 204955 The cowering of the Iranian regime and the restoration of the deterrence once lost is the result of America believing in her own might again. America's heroism isn't relegated to the battlefield. Every single day we see them, if you just know where to look. It's the nurse who volunteers for back-to-back shifts caring for covid patients because she feels that's her duty. It's the parent who will relearn algebra because there's no way they are letting their kids fall behind while schools are closed. 205023 And it's the cop that gets spit on one day and will saves a child's life the next. America is the country where the young military wife of two young children answers the unexpected knock at the door, looks the man in uniform in the eye and even as her whole world comes crashing down, she stands up straight, she holds back tears and takes care of her family because she must. 205048 This is what heroism looks like, it's who we are, a nation of heroes. And we need you now more than ever. We need to remind ourselves what heroism really is. Heroism is self-sacrifice. It's not moralizing and lecturing over others when they disagree. Heroism is grace, not perpetual outrage. Heroism is rebuilding our communities, not destroying them. 205115 Heroism is renewing faith in the symbols that unite us, not tearing them down. See, America is a fabric. It's woven from the threads of history's best stories, best attributes, and greatest ideas. The American spirit reflects the oldest and most important virtues: self sacrifice, courage, tolerance, love of country, grace, and passion for human achievement. 205136 We can decide, right now, that American greatness will not be rejected nor squandered. As the American founding was grounded in individual liberty, so will be our future. But if we are to rediscover our strength, then it must be an endeavor undertaken by each and every one of us. We must become the heroes that we so admire. 205158 America was built by them, and our future will be protected by them. It will be protected by you. So, god bless America. GEN KEITH KELLOGG 205215 KELLOGG>> Good evening. I'm retired Lieutenant General Keith Kellogg. In 1967, at the age of 22, I volunteered to serve my country in Vietnam. From the jungles of Vietnam to the deserts of Iraq, I have gone where my nation asked. I have borne witness to soldiers' last moments on Earth, their lives spent in hope and promise of a better future for all Americans. 205246 I was in the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. I lost friends there that day. In the years that followed, I watched my daughter, son, and son-in-law deploy to Afghanistan. I have looked into the eyes of my grandchildren as they said goodbye to their fathers and hugged them one last time. I lived (?) service. I understand sacrifice. I know leadership. 205315 Over the past 3 1/2 years, I have witnessed every major foreign policy and national security decision by the President. I have been in the room where it happened. I saw only one agenda and one guiding question, when tough calls had to be made: is this decision right for America? When President Donald Trump took office, decades of failed foreign policy had crippled us. 205347 He faced wars without end in sight, creation of failed states like Libya and Syria, a past that allowed a terrorist caliphate to grow, and leadership in Washington that allowed our military to atrophy, while we spent trillions of dollars abroad instead of investing at home. President Trump has reversed the decline of our military, and restructured our national security strategy. 205414 With historic investment and vision, our military is now better equipped, better resourced, and better manned than any military in the world. President Trump demolished the terrorist ISIS caliphate in the Middle East and eliminated its leader, Al baghdadi, one of the world's most brutal terrorists. President Trump took decisive action against Iranian terrorist mastermind, Qasem Soleimani, the man responsible for deaths of hundreds of American servicemen in Iraq. 205450 When our NATO allies failed to meet their commitments as we upheld ours, President Trump demanded parity. NATO members have now increased their contributions over $100 billion this year and NATO's Secretary General credits President Donald J. Trump. President Trump challenged and continues to challenge an ever-increasingly provocative and militant China. But make no mistake, President Trump is no hawk. 205521 He wisely wields the sword when required, but believes in seeking peace instead of perpetual conflict. Just over a week ago, our president brokered a peace agreement between the united Arab Emirates and Israel, the first in the Middle East in over 25 years. And this week, Afghan negotiators, with help from American officials, will start peace negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government to end America's longest war. 205558 Ask yourself: has this president kept his promises to keep us out of needless conflicts and to pursue ending wars without end? Has he defended your interests in renegotiating trade deals that previously hurt Americans and our national security? Has he fulfilled his commander in chief role by decisively going after the nation's enemies? You and I know the answer is yes. 205629 The choice is clear. This is the most important election of our lifetime. The next four years will decide the course of our country for decades to come. I am asking you to stand up and be counted so we never have to look back and recall what it was once like in America when men and women were free, our families were secure, and we had a president who served the people. 205701 God bless America. Thank you, and good night. TERA MEYERS 205730 MEYERS>> Good evening, my name is Tara Meyers. Tonight I am here as a wife and mother to share how education freedom has personally impacted my family, especially the life of my son Samuel. Before Samuel was even born, I was told his life wouldn't be worth living. When early tests revealed he had down syndrome, our doctor encouraged me to terminate the pregnancy. 205757 He said "if you do not, you will be burdening your life, your family and your community." I knew my baby was a human being created by god, and that made him worthy of life. I am thankful that president Trump values the life of the unborn. When we went to register samuel for kindergarten, we were told to just put him where he would be comfortable. Don't stress him out by trying to teach him. 205825 When we pushed for him to attend his neighborhood school with his sisters, we were told just go home and let us do what we do. When I inquired about functional learning, I was told, this is all you get, like it or not. Well, I did not like it. One size did not fit all. So I helped fight to pass legislation in Ohio, for a special needs scholarship, so that all students could choose the right program for their needs. 205857 I worked to start a new functional learning program at our local private school. Finally, Samuel had an appropriate place to learn. Last December, Samuel was invited to the White House to meet our president and share his thoughts on education freedom. He said, "school choice helped my dreams come true. My school taught me the way I learn best. I was able to fit in. I made many friends. I became a part of my community. My teachers helped me become the best I can be." President Trump shook my hand and said, wonderful job, mom. Your son is amazing. 205939 Unlike the doctor who told me to end Samuel's life before it even began. President trump did not dismiss my son. He showed Samuel he valued him and was proud of what he accomplished. President Trump gave Samuel an equal seat at the table. Tonight I would like to extend my thanks to president trump and his administration for their work toward making every student's dream of a meaningful education a reality. 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 210000 2020 210011 And for fighting to ensure every child in America has an equal seat at the table of education freedom and an equal opportunity in life. Thank you. And may god bless America. [RNC VIDEO "SUFFRAGE"] 210040 VO>> It all started at a tea party, 13 years before the American civil war. Civil unrest and division separated countrymen into two opposing camps: one determined to keep African-American people enslaved. The other, determined to see all people free. 210105 Elizabeth Katie Stanton and Lucretia Mott felt the call to fight for that freedom when they were selected as delegates for an anti slavery convention. But, upon arrival, were told they could not speak or vote at the male dominated event. On July 9, 1848, Mott, Stanton and three other women met for tea. 210127 By the end of the day, they had formed a coalition with the sole purpose of gaining the right for women to vote so they in turn would be free to fight for the freedoms of others. Women across America united and formed activist groups working tirelessly to win the vote for American women. The incomparable Susan B Anthony became one of the most visible leaders of women's suffrage when, in 1872, she registered and voted for every Republican on the ballot. 210158 As punishment for her actions, she was arrested for illegal voting at the request of Susan B. Anthony, Senator A.A. Sargent introduced the 19th amendment in 1878. The Susan B. Anthony Amendment was submitted and defeated five times. But, women continued to fight. Sojourner Truth and many other black suffragettes defied segregation, fighting for all women's voices to be heard and allowed to vote. 210223 For the two years prior to ratification, the silent sentinels quietly picketed the White House. Finally, when Republicans regained control of Congress, on August 26th, 1920, the Equal Suffrage Amendment was signed into law. Women's suffrage movement took 72 years and would change the lives of women forever. The victory was achieved peacefully through the valiant efforts of women patriots and the democratic process. 210252 100 years later in a bold declaration of rights for women, President Trump granted a full pardon to Susan B. Anthony on the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment's ratification. Women's suffrage was born from a desire to fight for the freedom of others. Now, we, the great patriots of America, will band together once again. And with one unified voice, we will vote for freedom. KAYLEIGH MCENANY 210330 MCENANY>> I'm Kayleigh Mcenany. You may know me as a supporter of President Trump. But tonight, I'm here to share with you how he supported me, both as a new mom and as an American with a pre-existing condition. When I was 21 years old, I got a call that changed my life. It was my doctor informing me that I had tested positive for the BRCA2 genetic mutation, a mutation that put my chances of breast cancer at 84%. 210403 It was the same mutation that my mom had, compelling her to get a preventive double mastectomy, removing her breast tissue but protecting her from a disease has taken far too many of our mothers, our sisters, our friends. In my family, eight women alone were diagnosed with breast cancer, several were in their young 20s. I now faced the same prospect. For nearly a decade, I was routinely at Moffitt Cancer Center, getting MRIs, ultrasounds, and necessary surveillance. 210443 During these visits, I cross pathed with brave women battling cancer and fighting through chemotherapy. They were a testament to American strength. They are American heroes. On May 1st, 2018, I followed in my mother's footsteps, choosing to get a preventive mastectomy. I was scared. The night before, I fought back tears as I prepared to lose a piece of myself forever. But the next day with my mom, dad, husband, and Jesus Christ by my side, I underwent a mastectomy, almost eliminating my chance of breast cancer. 210530 A decision I now celebrate. Breast reconstruction has advanced remarkably. While it is an individual's decision, my doctor and I chose a course of surgery that left me virtually unchanged. But more important than physical results, I developed a strength and a confidence that I carry with me. During one of my most difficult times, I expected to have the support of my family, but I had more support than I knew. As I came out of anesthesia, one of the first calls I received was from Ivanka Trump. 210607 As I recovered, my phone rang again. It was president Trump, calling to check on me. I was blown away. Here was the leader of the free world, caring about my circumstance. At the time, I had only met president Trump on a few occasions, but now I know him well. And I can tell you that this president stands by Americans with preexisting conditions. In fact, President Trump called me this morning, I spoke with him several times today, and he told me how proud he was of me for sharing this story. 210646 The same way president Trump has supported me, he supports you. I see it everyday. I've heard him say the hardest part of his job is writing to loved ones of fallen soldiers. I've seen him offer heartfelt outreach to grieving parents who lost their children to crime in the streets. And I have watched them fight for Americans who lost their jobs. President Trump fights for the American people, because he cares about stories like these. I have a nine-month-old daughter. She's a beautiful sweet little girl, and I choose to work for this president for her. 210735 When I look into my baby's eyes, I see a new life, amiracle for which I have a solemn responsibility to protect. That means protecting America's future, a future President Trump will fight for. Where our neighborhoods are protected. Where life is sacred. Where god is cherished, not taken out of our schools, removed from our pledge, and erased from our history. I want my daughter to grow up in President Donald J. Trump's America. 210804 Choosing to have a preventative mastectomy was the hardest decision I ever had to make. But supporting President Trump, who will protect my daughter and our children's future, was the easiest. KAREN PENCE 210851 KAREN PENCE>> Good evening. Karen Pence, my husband is Vice President Mike Pence. 100 years ago, today, the 19th amendment was adopted into the United States constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote. Because of heroes like Susan B. Anthony and Lucy Stone, women today -- like our daughters Audrey and Charlotte -- and future generations will have their voices heard and their votes count. 210921 The women's suffrage movement was the gateway that led to women having the opportunities to achieve monumental milestones and accomplish significant achievements in both civic and governmental roles. This evening, we look at heroes in our land. As Second Lady of the United States for the past three and a half years, I have had the honor of meeting many heroes across this great country. The Pences are a military family. 210955 Our son Michael serves in the United States Marines. And our son-in-law Henry serves in the US Navy. And one of my key initiatives is to elevate and encourage military spouses. These men and women like our daughter Charlotte and our daughter-in-law Sarah are the home front heroes. I have been privileged to hear so many stories of selfless support, volunteer spirit and great contributions to the armed forces and our communities. 211029 You know, military spouses may experience frequent moves and job changes, periods of being a single parent while their loved one is deployed, all while exhibiting pride, strength and determination and being a part of something bigger than themselves. To all of the military spouses, thank you. President Trump and Vice President Pence have been supporting our United States armed forces including our military families on a significant scale. 211103 While traveling throughout our nation to educate military spouses about policy solutions that President Trump has promoted involving real, tangible progress in military spouse employment, I have been inspired to meet heroes like Lisa Bradley and Cameron Cruz. 211126 These military spouses decided to start their own business R-Riveter, named after the Rosie the Riveter campaign used to recruit women workers during World War II. R-Riveter makes beautiful handbags designed and manufactured exclusively by military spouses. And many of those spouses live all over the country. They prepare and send their section of the bags to the company located in North Carolina where the final product is assembled. 211158 Military spouse hero Jilan Hall-Johnson in Billings, Montana, is a culinary artist who had dreamed of starting her own restaurant. Working with the small business administration's development center, Jilan started her restaurant, the Sassy Biscuit. 211218 And she just opened a second restaurant in Dover, New Hampshire. And as the second lady, I've also been able to bring awareness to a form of therapy for our heroic veterans suffering from PTSD. Art therapy facilitated by a professional art therapist is especially effective with posttraumatic stress disorder. Master gunnery sergeant Chris Stowe a marine veteran I met in Tampa, who deployed for combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, said nothing had helped him deal with the trauma from his service in the Marines, until he finally agreed to meet with the art therapist at Walter Reed medical center 211305 Chris credits art therapy with saving his marriage and his life. And Chris went on to establish a glass blowing workshop to help other Vets. Many of our veteran heroes struggle as they transition back into civilian life. And, sometimes, the stress is too difficult to manage alone. A few weeks ago, I had the honor of speaking with some amazing Americans who answer the Veterans Crisis Line. 211335 One, in particular, Sydney Morgan, especially impacted me. A veteran herself, Sydney said, it is the highest honor of her life, until they physically walk into a clinic to receive help they deserve, and she can pass their hand to someone ready to help. 211358 In these difficult time, we've all seen so many examples of everyday Americans reaching out a hand to those in need. Those who, in humility, have considered others more important than themselves. We've seen health care workers, teachers, first responders, mental health providers, law enforcement officers, grocery and delivery workers and farmers. 211427 And so many others. Heroes, all. 100 years ago women secured the right to vote, so let's vote, America. Let's honor our heroes. Let's re-elect president trump and vice president pence for four more years. God bless our heroes, and god bless the United States of America. 211458 VO>> We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. KELLYANNE CONWAY 211517 CONWAY>> Good evening. I'm Kellyanne Conway. 100 years ago, courageous warriors helped women secure the right to vote. This has been a century worth celebrating, but also a reminder that our democracy is young and fragile. A woman in a leadership role can still seem novel. Not so for President Trump. For decades, he has elevated women to senior positions in business and in government. 211547 He confides in and consults us, respects our opinions, and insists that we are on equal footing with the men. President Trump helped me shatter a barrier in the world of politics by empowering me to manage his campaign to its successful conclusion.With the help of millions of Americans, our team defied the critics, the naysayers, the conventional wisdom and we won. For many of us, women's empowerment is not a slogan. 211617 It comes not from strangers on social media orr sanitized language in a corporate handbook. It comes from the everyday heroes who nurture us, who shape us, and who believe in us. I was raised in a household of all women. They were self-reliant and resilient. Their lives were not easy. But they never complained. Money was tight, but we had an abundance of what mattered most, family, faith and freedom. 211652 I learned that, in America, limited means does not make for limited dreams. The promise of America belongs to us all. This is a land of inventors and innovators, of entrepreneurs and educators, of pioneers and parents -- each contributing to the success and the future of a great nation and her people. These everyday heroes have a champion in President Trump. 211725 The teacher who took extra time to help students adjust to months of virtual learning. The nurse who finished a 12-hour COVID shift and then took a brief break only to change her mask, gown, and gloves to do it all over again. The small business owner striving to reopen after the lockdown was lifted and then again after her store was vandalized and looted. 211753 The single mom with two kids, two jobs, two commutes, who ten years after that empty promise, finally has health insurance. President Trump and vice president Pence have lifted Americans, provided them with dignity, opportunity and results. I have seen firsthand many times the president comforting and encouraging a child who has lost a parent, a parent who has lost a child, a worker who lost his job, an adolescent who lost her way to drugs. 211836 "Don't lose hope," he has told them, assuring them that they are not alone, and that they matter. There always will be people who have far more than us. Our responsibility is to focus on those who have far less than us. President Trump has done precisely that, in taking unprecedented action to combat this nation's drug crisis. 211903 He told me, this is so important, Kellyanne, so many lives have been ruined by addiction, and we'll never even know it, because people are ashamed to reach out for help, and they're not even sure who to turn to in their toughest hour. Rather than look the other way, President Trump stared directly at this drug crisis next door and through landmark bitarsian legislation has helped secure historic investments in surveillance, interdiction, education, prevention, treatment and recovery. 211936 We have a long way to go, but the political inertia that cost lives and the silence and the stigma that prevents people in need from coming forward is melting away. This is the man I know and the president we need for four more years. He picks the toughest fights and tackles the most complex problems. 212001 He has stood by me, and he will stand up for you. In honor of the women who empowered me and for the future of the children we all cherish, thank you and God bless you, always. DIDI BURN 212033 DIDI BURN>> Good evening. I'm sister Didi Burn and I belong to the community of the Little Workers of the Sacred Heart's of Jesus and Mary. Last 4th of July, I was honored to be one of the president's guests at his salute to America celebration. I must confess that I recently prayed while in chapel, begging God to allow me to be a voice and instrument for human life. And now, here I am, speaking at the Republican National Convention. I guess you better be careful for what you pray for. My journey towards religious life is not a traditional route, if there is such a thing. 212111 In 1978, as a medical stud-- school student at Georgetown University, I joined the Army to help pay for my tuition, and ended up devoting 29 years to the military, serving as a doctor and a surgeon in places like Afghanistan and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. After much prayer and contemplation, I entered my religious order in 2002, working to serve the poor and the sick in Haiti, Sudan, Kenya, Iraq, and in Washington, D.C. 212144 Humility is at the foundation of our order which makes it difficult to talk about myself, but I can speak about my experience working for those fleeing war-torn and impoverished countries all around the world. Those refugees all share a common experience. They have been all marginalized, viewed as insignificant, powerless and voiceless. And while we tend to think of the marginalized as living beyond our borders, the truth is the largest marginalized group in the world can be found here in the United States. 212220 They are the unborn. As Christians we first met Jesus as a stirring embryo in the womb of an unwed mother and saw him born nine months later in the poverty of a cave. It's no coincidence that Jesus stood up for what was just and ultimately crucified because what he said wasn't politically correct or fashionable. 212244 As followers of Christ, we are called to stand up for life against the politically correct or fashionable of today. We must fight against a legislative agenda that supports and even celebrates destroying life in the womb. Keep in mind, the laws we create define how we see our humanity, and we must ask ourselves: what are we saying when we go into a womb and snuff out an innocent, powerless voice's life? 212315 As a physician, I can say without hesitation: life begins at conception. While what I have to say may be difficult for some to hear, I am saying it because I'm not just pro-life, I'm pro eternal life. And I want all of us to end up in heaven together some day. Which brings me to why I'm here today -- Donald Trump is the most pro-life President that this nation has ever had, defending life at all stages. 212345 His belief in the sanctity of life transcends politics. President Trump will stand up against Biden-Harris who are the most anti-life Presidential ticket ever, even supporting the horrors of late-term abortion and infanticide. Because of his courage and conviction, President Trump has earned the support of America's pro-life community. 212410 Moreover, he has a nation wide of religions standing behind him. You'll find us with our weapon of choice, the rosary. So thank you Mr. President, we are all praying for you. LOU HOLTZ 212429 HOLTZ>> I'm Lou Holtz. Many of you know me as Coach Holtz, or maybe that football guy. It is a pleasure, a blessing, and an honor, for me to explain why I believe that President Trump is a consistent winner, an outstanding leader, and deserves to be re-elected as our president. First, I want you to know that I grew up in a one-bedroom house in West Virginia. I may have been poor, but the lessons my parents taught me were priceless. 212500 They taught me that life is about making choices. Wherever you are, good or bad, don't blame anyone else. Go get an education, get to work. You can overcome any obstacles. And always remember, that in this great country of ours, anyone can amount to something special. I lived by those principles of hard work, and responsibility my whole life. 212526 Living out the the American story, and it works. But there are people today like politicians, professors, protesters, and of course president trump's nay-sayers in the media who like to blame others for problems. They don't have pride in our country. They make us say no longer ask, what can I do for my country? Only what the country should be doing for them. They don't have pride in themselves. That's wrong. 212600 When I was an officer in the army, I served with so many great Americans who embraced the responsibility to our country. I'm so proud of their sacrifices and the opportunity it has provided for so many millions. America remains a land of opportunity, no matter what the other side says or believes. You know, there's a statue of me at Notre Dame. I guess they needed a place for the pigeons to land. 212629 But if you look closely, you will see these three words there: trust, commitment, and love. All my life, I have made my choices based on these three words. I use these three rules to make choices about everything. My beloved wife of 59 years, athletes I coached, and of course, politicians. Even President Trump. I ask myself three things. 212657 One, can I trust them? When a leader tells you something, you gotta be able to count on it. That is President Trump. He says what he means, he means what he says, and he's done what he said he would do at every single turn. One of the important reasons he has my trust is because nobody has been a stronger advocate for the unborn than President Trump. 212723 The Biden-Harris ticket is the most radically pro-abortion campaign in history. They and other politicians are Catholic in name only, and abandoned innocent lives. 212737 President Trump protects those lives. I trust President Trump. The second question I ask is are they committed to doing their very best? President Trump always finds a way to get something done. If you want to do something bad enough, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse. And excuses are a lot easier to find than solutions. 212805 President Trump finds solutions, president trump is committed. The third question I ask is do they love people? Do they care about others? To me this is very clear. President trump has demonstrated through his prison reform, advocating for school choice, and welfare reform. He wants Americans from all walks of life to have the opportunity to succeed and live the American dream. President trump loves our country and our great people. Trust, commitment, and love. In President trump we have a president we can trust, who works hard at making America greater. 212850 And who genuinely cares about people. If I apply this test to Joe Biden, I can't say yes to any of these three questions. I used to ask our athletes at notre dame "if you did not show up, who would miss you and why?" Can you imagine what would happen to us if president trump had not shown up in 2016 to run for president? I'm so glad he showed up. 212919 Thank you for showing up, Mr. President. I encourage everyone who loves this country, who loves America, to show up in November for President Trump. Thank you. MICHAEL MCHALE 212938 MCHALE>> Hi, I'm Michael McHale, but my friends call me "Mick." I'm a 30 active duty member of law enforcement in the state of Florida. I am also the president of the national association of police organizations, NAPO. Our organization recently endorsed Donald Trump for re-election as President of the United States. Our endorsement recognized his strong support for the men and women on the front lines, particularly during these challenging times. 213010 We value his support of aggressive prosecution of those who attack our police officers. His signing of the law enforcement mental health and wellness act and his support for permanently authorizing funds to support 9/11 first responders and their families. Law enforcement officers across the nation take an oath to run towards danger when everyone else is running away. They do so willingly to protect our families and communities. 213046 I'm proud that the overwhelming majority of American police officers are the best of the best and put their lives on the line without hesitation. And good officers need to know their elected leaders, and the department brass, have their backs. Unfortunately, chaos results when failed officials in cities like Portland, Minneapolis, Chicago, and New York make the conscious decision not to support law enforcement. 213120 Shootings, murders, looting, rioting occur unabated. The violence and bloodshed we are seeing in these and other cities isn't happening by chance. 213132 It's the direct result of refusing to allow law enforcement to protect our communities. Joe Biden has turned his candidacy over to the far Left, anti-law enforcement radicals. And as a Senator, Kamala Harris pushed to further restrict police, cut their training, and make our American communities and streets even more dangerous than they already are. 213202 Conversely, President Trump supports the creation of a national standard for training on deescalation and communication to give officers more tools to resolve conflict without violence. The differences between Trump-Pence and Biden-Harris are crystal clear. Your choices are the most pro law enforcement president we've ever had, or the most radical anti-police ticket in history. 213239 We invite those who value the safety of their family and loved ones to join the hundreds of thousands of members of the national association of police organizations and support the re-election of president Donald J. Trump. Thank you and god bless America. ELISE STEFANIK 213315 STEFANIK>> I'm Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, and I'm honored to represent New York's 21st Congressional District, the cradle of the American revolution. It's where, almost 250 years ago, brave patriots fought in the battles of Saratoga to turn the tide of the revolutionary war. It's where, 40 years ago in Lake Placid, a team of amateur hockey players out hustled, outskated, and defeated the Soviet Union, stunning the world and giving up the unforgettable miracle on ice. 213349 And today, it's home to fort Drumm and the historic tenth mountain division, the most deployed unit in the U.S. army since 9/11, where I saw first hand president trump graciously thank and honor our men and women in uniform and sign the largest pay raise for our troops in a decade. 213406 Since our nation's founding generation after generation of everyday Americans served and sacrificed to preserve and strengthen the American dream. The vision of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and the idea that if you work hard and dream big, you can achieve anything you imagine. I believe in the American dream because I've lived it. Like millions of Americans, I grew up in a small business family where I learned the values of hard work and determination. 213441 I was the first person in my immediate family to graduate from college, ran for Congress to serve upstate New York, and am proudly the youngest Republican woman elected to Congress in history. I am honored to support President Trump for re-election because I know that he is the only candidate who will stand up for hard working families and protect the American dream for future generations. 213509 Since his first day in office, President Trump has fought tirelessly to deliver results for all Americans, despite the Democrats' baseless and illegal impeachment sham and the media's endless obsession with it. 213523 I was proud to lead the effort standing up for the constitution, President trump, and most importantly the American people. This attack was not just on the president. It was an attack on you, your voice and your vote. But the American people were not swayed by these partisan attacks. Our support for president trump is stronger than ever before. 213547 We know what's at stake in this historic election. Americans from all walks of life are unified in support of our president. It's why more Republican women than ever are running for office this year. We understand that this election is a choice between the far left democratic socialist agenda versus protecting and preserving the American dream. President Trump is working to safely reopen our main street economy. 213617 He understands that the engine of our country is fuelled by the ingenuity and determination of American workers, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. Joe Biden wants to keep them locked up in the basement and crush them with $4 trillion in new taxes. We face a critical choice. Joe Biden's far left failed policies of the past 47 years, or president Trump who will stand up for the American people and the constitution. 213649 I believe in the wisdom and spirit of the American people to elect the only candidate who is capable of protecting the American dream. President Donald J. Trump. Thank you to the north country for the opportunity to serve as your voice supporting his re-election. God bless the United States of America, the greatest country on Earth. MADISON CAWTHORN 213726 HAWTHORNE>> Good evening. I'm Madison Hawthorne, and I'm running to represent North Carolina's 11th Congressional District. This is a time of great adversity for our country, and I know something about adversity. At 18 years old, I was in a horrific car accident that's left me paralyzed from the waist down. Instantly, my hopes and dreams were seemingly destroyed. I was given a 1% chance of surviving. But thanks to the power of prayer, a very loving community and many skilled doctors, I made it. It took me over a year to recover. 213800 My first public outing in a wheelchair was to a professional baseball game. You know, before my accident I was 6'3". I stood out in a crowd. But as I wheeled through the stadium I felt invisible. At 20, I thought about giving up. However, I knew I could still make a difference. You know, my accident has given me new eyes to see and new ears to hear. God protected my mind and my ability to speak. So I say to people who feel forgotten, ignored and invisible, I see you. I hear you. 213835 At 20, I made a choice and 2020, our country has a choice. We can give up on the American idea or we can work together to make our imperfect union more perfect. I choose to fight for the future, to seize the high ground and retake the shining city on a hall. While the radical left wants to dismantle, defund and destroy, Republicans under president trump's leadership want to rebuild, restore and renew. 213905 I just turned 25. When I'm elected this November, I'll be the youngest member of Congress in over 200 years. And if you don't think young people can change the world, then you just don't know American history. George Washington was 21 when he received his first military commission. Abe Lincoln, 22, when he first ran for office. And my personal favorite, James Madison was just 25 years old when he signed the declaration of Independence. 213932 In times of peril, young people have stepped up and saved this country, abroad and at home. We held the line, scaled the cliffs, crossed oceans, liberated camps, and cracked codes. Yet today, political forces want to usher in the digital dark ages. A time of information without wisdom. And tribalism without truth. National leaders on the left have normalized emotion-based voting and radicalized identity politics that rejects Martin Luther King's dream. 214004 MLK's dream is our dream, for all Americans to be judged solely on their character. Millions of people risk their lives every year to come here, because they believe in the dream of MLK and the American dream. Join us as, we, the party of freedom, double down on ensuring the American dream for all people. We are committed to building a new town square. It welcomes all ideas and all people. 214031 Here we will have freedom of speech, not freedom from speech. To liberals, I say let's have a conversation. Be a true liberal, listen to other ideas and let the best one prevail. And to conservatives, I say let's define what we support and win the argument in areas like healthcare and on the environment. In this new town square, you don't have to apologize for your beliefs or cower to a mob. You can kneel before god but stand for our flag. 214103 The American idea my ancestors fought for during the revolutionary war, is just as exciting and revolutionary today as it was 250 years ago. I say to Americans who love our country, young and old, be a radical for freedom. Be a radical for liberty. 214123 [HAWTHORNE STANDS] And be a radical for our republic, for which I stand. One nation, under god, with liberty and justice for all. Thank you and may god bless America. JACK BREWER 214155 BREWER>> I'm Jack Brewer, a former 3 time NFL team captain, College professor, coach, husband, son and father. I'm also a lifelong Democrat, but I support Donald Trump. Let me be clear: I didn't come here for the popularity or the praise, the likes or the retweets. I'm here as a servant to god, a servant to the people of our nation and a servant to our president. 214223 I grew up in Grapevine, Texas, a town that my great grandfather was the first black man to settle, as a sharecropper in 1896. My early high school experience included fighting with skinheads and being the witness in an attempted murder trial after my friend shot a skinhead in self-defense. I remember my dad's bravery when he personally stood up against a KKK rally in my town. 214247 In my house, my father taught me to back down for no one. I know what racism looks like. I've seen it first hand. In America, it has no resemblance to president trump. And I'm fed up with the way he's portrayed in the media, who refuse to acknowledge what he's actually done for the Black community. 214306 It's confusing the minds of our innocent children. Before I left to come to deliver this message my energetic 8 year old son, Jackson, stopped me and said, "dad, can you please just tell everyone that all lives need to matter, and that god loves everyone?" In that moment, I realized that my 8-year-old had figured out what so many adults have seemed to forget. We are not as divided as our politics suggest. 214337 At some point for the sake of our children, the policies must take priority over the personalities. So because you have an issue with president trump's tone you are going to allow Biden and Harris to deny our underserved black and brown children school choice? Are we so offended by the president's campaign slogan, make America great again, we're going to ignore that Joe Biden and kamala Harris have collectively been responsible for locking up countless black men for nonviolent crimes. 214410 Are you going to allow the media to lie to you by falsely claiming that he said there are very fine white supremacists in Charlottesville? That's a lie. And ignore the so-called black lives matter organization that openly, on their website, calls for the destruction of the nuclear family. My fellow Americans, our families need each other. We need black fathers in the homes with their wives and children. The future of our communities depends on it. 214443 I'm blessed to be able to run inner city youth programs and to also teach in prisons across America. The inmates in my federal prison program literally receive days off their sentence just for attending my class. And that's thanks to President Donald J. Trump and his First Step Act. President Trump cared about these Americans and their families, even when so many others had left them behind and had written them off. I'm forever grateful for President Trump for that. He endures relentless attacks and so do many of us, like myself, who support him. 214519 But my mama always told me when the lord starts blessing, the devil starts messing. This convention marks a time to celebrate our history. Republicans are the party that freed the slaves and the party that put the first Black men and women in congress. It's the party of Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln. And now, Tim Scott and Donald Trump. Our president has made incredible strides to end mass incarceration and give unprecedented opportunities for Black [people], in America, to rise. 214554 America, let this election be a call for all god's people who are called by His name to humble ourselves and pray together, and to seek his face and to turn from our wicked ways. Then he will hear us from heaven and he will forgive our sins and he will heal our land. Amen, and god bless America. CHEN GUANGCHENG 214644 GUANGCHENG>> Greetings. My name is Chen Guangcheng. Standing up to tyranny is not easy. I know. When I spoke out against China's one child policy, and other injustices, I was prosecuted, beaten, sent to prison and put under house arrest by the Chinese communist party, the CCP. 214717 In April 2005 I escaped and was given shelter in the American embassy in beijing. I'm forever grateful to the American people for bringing me and my family to the United States where we are now free. CCP is an enemy of humanity. 214750 It is terrorizing its own people, and it is threatening the well being of the world. In China, expressing belief or ideas not approved by the CCP -- religion, democracy, human rights -- can lead to prison. 214818 The nation lies (?) under mass surveillance and censorship. The U.S. must use its values of freedom, democracy, and the role of law to gather a coalition of other democracies to stop CCP's aggression. President Trump has led on this, and we need the other countries to join him in this fight. 214856 A fight for our future. Standing up to fight and fairness isn't easy. I know. So does President Trump. But he has shown the courage to lead that fight. We need to support, vote, and fight for President Trump for the sake of the world. Thank you. LEE ZELDIN 214936 ZELDIN>> I'm congressman Lee zeldin. Tonight, as we celebrate America as a land of heros I'm here at a VFW post of heros in west Hampton beach, New York. I've seen amazing Americans in action, raised in a law enforcement family, deployed to Iraq as an 82nd airborne paratrooper and serving today in the army reserve. My generation, of post-9/11 veterans, has huge shoes to fill, following our greatest generation that fought tyranny, and saved the world. 215011 All over our country, everyday heroes serve and sacrifice for the greater good. Farmer, truckers, craftsmen, the heroes keep America running. Craftsmen and President trump fights for them every day. This year we have especially relied on one particular group of heroes, front line medical workers. My twin daughters, Michaela and Arianna, were born over 14 weeks early. They weighed just a pound and a half. At two weeks, Michaela went into septic shock, had a stroke, and underwent brain surgery leaving one-third of the left side of her brain a hole. 215054 Her doctors didn't believe Michaela would survive, fearing dire permanent consequences even if she did. Through the miracles of modern medicine, the power of prayer, and her will to live, my daughters are now starting high school and doing great, with no long-term effects from those frightful months in the NICU. So when I learned my county's PPE stockpile was depleted, I immediately thought of those healthcare workers who saved my baby girls. 215125 Jared Kushner and I were on the phone late into that Saturday night. The very next day, President Trump announced he was sending us 200,000 N-95 masks. He actually delivered almost 400,000. That number quickly grew to 1.2 million masks, gowns, and more. The President sent thousands of ventilators to New York. He deployed the USS Comfort and converted the Javits center to a field hospital. 215156 His administration authorized our lab testing requests at blinding speed. During a once in a century pandemic, an unforeseeable crisis sent to us from a far away land, the president's effort for New York was phenomenal. 215214 For our nation to emerge even stronger, more prosperous, freer, and more secure than ever; to make our country greater than ever before, we must re-elect president trump. We are the land of the free because of the brave. And we are the land of opportunity because we have a president who wants to empower the best of who we are to be the best of what we can be. 215241 There's never been a nation greater than ours. Never a people more resilient than ours. And never a future for America more promising than ours right now. Keeping America great is up to us. And losing is not an option. [RNC VIDEO] 215305 >> And I'm very proud, very proud to have President Trump in office here, because he's the best we've ever had. He's done the most for any president ever done. >> He's always there trying to take care of veterans, giving veterans what they need. >> The turnaround times have increased since Trump has taken over. >> You had to fight 15 years for benefits. But once he came into office, you had like 90 days, you turned your paperwork in, at least you had some kind of answer. 215330 >> I waited months for a signature on a piece of paper to get a prosthetic leg fixed. Now it's an a lot better turn around, but before it was a five-year waiting process to appeal. How long do we have to wait for benefits? 215344 >> I waited 20 years to file, rapidly was approved for medical, and then right -- turned right around and got disability. I was thinking it was going to be several years worth of waiting to hear. >> He's accomplished a lot in 3 1/2 years. And it helps the American people, and he has done a lot for veterans, for the middle class. >> I chose to serve my country. If I could do it, I would do it all over again, especially for this president. I mean, he's the kind of president you'd run through a brick wall if he asked you to. 215415 >> Went through many presidents but this one I can say is the best president we've ever had and ever will have, I believe. JONI ERNST 215434 ERNST>> Hello, everyone, and thank you for inviting me into your home this evening. It's truly a privilege. My name is Joni Ersnt. I was raised on a small family farm here in Iowa where I learned the importance of faith, hard work, and service. I worked my way through college, then dedicated my life to serving my country, as a local official, a battalion commander in the military, and as a U.S. Senator. Service, it's more than a word to me. It's a mission, a way of life. It's what brought me to cedar Rapids, Iowa in 2008 when I was in the National Guard. 215515 We saw historic floods that swept through the communities. We lent a helping hand to our fellow Iowans who were literally under water. We thought we had seen the worst, but 12 years later, these same communities have faced an even more devastating disaster, the recent Derecho storm. If you don't live in Iowa, you may not have heard much about it at first. While reporters here in the state were in the trenches covering the equivalent of a category 2 hurricane, most of the national media looked the other way. 215552 To them, Iowa is still just flyover country. Houses, farms were destroyed. About one third of our crops here were damaged. In some cases, these storms wiped out a lifetime of work. And yet, Iowa farmers didn't hesitate to grab their chainsaws and check on their neighbors. Our farmers live every day with that sense of service. The stewards of the land. The ones who feed and fuel the world. 215623 President trump quickly signed an emergency declaration for Iowa to provide relief. And of course when president trump came to Cedar Rapids, the national media finally did too. For years I've worked closely with the president for farmers in Iowa and across the country. We scrapped Obama and Biden's punishing waters of the United States rule which would have regulated about 97% of land in Iowa. 215652 In some cases, even puddles. It would have been a nightmare for farmers. The President delivered on major trade deals with Japan, and the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement. And he implemented the sale of E-15 fuel, year-round. That means more choices for you at the pump, and more jobs for farmers in the heartland. This is something the Obama-Biden administration failed to do in eight years. In fact, I can't recall an administration more hostile to farmers than Obama-Biden, unless you count the Biden-Harris ticket. 215731 The democratic party of Joe Biden is pushing this so-called green new deal. If given power, they would essentially ban animal agriculture and eliminate gas-powered cars. It would destroy the agriculture industry, not just here in Iowa, but throughout the country . When the pandemic hit president trump heard us and our call for assistance for our farmers. 215755 Knowing we have an ally in the white house is important. Folks, this election is a choice between two very different paths. Freedom, prosperity, and economic growth under a trump-pence administration. Or the biden-harris path, paved by liberal, coastal elites and radical environmentalists. And America, where farmers are punished, jobs are destroyed, and taxes crush the middle class. 215827 That is our choice and it's a clear one. Thank you. And god bless. BURGESS OWENS 215840 OWENS>> Ladies and gentlemen, I'm Burgess Owens. Shackled in the belly of a slave ship, an 8-year-old boy named (?) Burgess came to America to be sold on an auction block. By the grace of god and the courage of slaves who believed in freedom, (?) escaped through the underground railroad and settled in the great state of Texas. He wanted to become a successful entrepreneur. He built his community's first church, first elementary school, and purchased 102 acres of farmland which he paid off in two years. 215911 I'm here today, a candidate for Congress, because my great, great grandfather Salas Burgess. I was raised in the South during the days of Jim Crow and the KKK. He went through the challenges of segregation. We were taught that anything is possible in America. When I was 22 years old, I thought all my dreams would come true when I was drafted by the New York Jets. 10 years later, with a pro-Bowl nod and a Super Bowl championship under my belt, I left the NFL to start a business. 215941 I thought I could never fail, but years later, I did and I lost everything. As I moved my family of 6 into a one-bedroom, basement apartment in Brooklyn, New York, I had a choice to make: feel sorry for myself or get to work. I worked as a chimney sweep during the day and a security guard at night. It was humbling to be recognized cleaning a chimney by someone who has cheered me as an NFL fan but those hard days would pay off. Eventually, I started a career -- a rewarding career in the corporate world. 220013 We live in a country where we are encouraged to dream big. Second chances are at the core of our American DNA. We don't hear that same message from Nancy Pelosi's congress, career politicians, elitists and even a former bartender who want us to believe it's impossible. They want us to believe what I did, what my great-great grandfather did is impossible for ordinary americans. As patriots, we know better. This November we stand at a crossroads. Mobs torch our cities while popular members of congress promotes the same socialism that my father fought against in world war II. We have a democratic candidate for president who says that I'm not black if I don't vote for him. 220055 Now, more than ever, we need leaders who stand by their principles and won't compromise their values for political opportunities. Now, more than ever, we need leaders who will stand up to the lawlessness supported by the radical left. This November, we have an opportunity to reject the mob mentality, and once again be the America that my great-great grandfather believed in. During the Trump administration, business ownership among blacks, hispanics, and females have reached all time highs. 220125 Those same groups enjoyed record low unemployment and unprecedented prosperity. And we're just getting started. I ran for congress because we don't need more career politicians. We need a few more chimney sweeps. We need more leaders like president Trump, who understands the freedoms that make up the fabric of America. My fellow Americans, specifically my Democrat and Independent friends, it is now time for us to unite and put aside partisan barriers. Help us win back the House, keep the Senate, and give our president 4 more years. 220201 And I promise you, we will make you proud. Thank you, and God bless the United States of America. [RNC VIDEO] 220216 VO>> Standing guard over Baltimore Harbor is the remains of an Earthen star. A relic of time passed. It recalls a time when the spirit of liberty stirred in men of renown, who stood in the gap against the most powerful force in the world. 27 hours. One thousand men, low on ammunition, firing scrap metal. The battle raged. 220242 Insurmountable odds. A darkness fell upon this new nation. In the midst of the fight, the heroes of Fort McHenry were unmoved. The light of dawn overcame the darkness. The gallant flag hoisted above Fort McHenry, torn and battered, stood, victoriously observing a dejected enemy slowly retreating into the rising sun, inspiring the anthem of our nation. 220313 The spirit of Liberty, not to be denied. The Earthen star, Fort McHenry, a reminder of those brave patriots who having done all, stood and prevailed. It is why we stand today, honoring past present and future generations of freedom loving Americans when we hear the anthem and raise the star spangled banner. LARA TRUMP 220347 LARA TRUMP>> Good evening, America. I'm Lara Trump, daughter of Bob and Linda (?), sister to Kyle, mother to Luke and Carolina and the daughter-in-law of our 45th president, Donald J. Trump. But tonight I come to you simply as an American. My life began like many in our country. I grew up in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. My parents were small business owners and worked hard to make sure that my brother and I had everything we needed but not everything we wanted. 220419 My parents raised me to believe that in America I could achieve anything with hard work and determination. The opportunities available to me were limited only by the size of my ambition. That I should dream big and I did. Those very dreams are what led me to New York City. I heard the adage, if I can make it there, I can make it anywhere and I intended to do just that. Never in a million years did I think I would be on this stage tonight and certainly never thought I would end up with the last name "Trump." 220453 My seventh grade English teacher, Mrs. B, used to tell us, believe none of what you hear, half of what you read, and only what you're there to witness first hand. The meaning of those words never fully weighed on me until I met my husband and the Trump family. Any preconceived notion I had of this family disappeared immediately. They were warm and caring. They were hard workers. And they were down to Earth. They reminded me of my own family. They made me feel like I was home. Walking the halls of the Trump organization, I saw the same family environment. 220530 I also saw the countless women executives who thrived there year after year. Gender didn't matter. What mattered was the ability to get the job done. I learned this directly when, in 2016, my father-in-law asked me to help him win my cherished home state and my daughter's namesake, North Carolina. Though I had no political experience, he believed in me. He knew I was capable even if I didn't. 220558 So it didn't surprise me when president Donald Trump appointed so many women to senior level positions in his administration -- Secretary of the United Nations, secretary of the air force, the first female CIA director, the first black female director of the fish and wildlife service and countless ambassadors just to name a few. Under President Trump's leadership, women's unemployment hit the lowest level since World War II. 220624 4.3 million new jobs have been created for women. In 2019 alone, women took over 70% of all new jobs. Female small business ownership remains at an all-time high, and 600,000 women have been lifted out of poverty, all since President Trump took office. 220643 He didn't do these things to gain a vote or check a box. He did them because they're the right things to do. 100 years ago today, the 19th amendment was ratified, granting the right to vote to every American woman. And since that day, incredible strides have been made by women in America. From Amelia Erhardt to Rosa parks and Sally Ride, women shaped our history and are part of what has made our country the most exceptional nation in the world. 220714 I often think back to my 24-year-old self driving alone in my car from North Carolina to New York City. And I think about what I'd tell myself now as we head towards the most critical election in modern history. This is not just a choice between Republican and Democrat or left and right. This is an election that will decide if we keep America America or if we head down an uncharted frightening path to socialism. 220743 Abraham Lincoln once famously said, "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." While those words were spoken over 150 years ago, never have they been more relevant. Will we choose the right path and maintain the unique freedoms and boundless opportunities that make this country the greatest in the history of the world? 220811 Will we remain the beacon of hope for those around the world fighting oppression, communism, and tyranny? The choice is ours. I know the promise of America, because I've lived it. Not just as a member of the Trump family, but as a woman who knows what it's like to work in blue collar jobs, to serve customers for tips, and to aspire to rise. When I look at my son Luke and my daughter Carolina, I wonder, what sort of country will I be leaving for them, for our future generations? 220843 In recent months, we've seen weak, spineless politicians seek control of our great American cities to violent mobs. Defund the police is the rallying cry for the new radical Democrat party. 220857 Joe Biden will not do what it takes to maintain order, to keep our children safe in our neighborhoods and in their schools, to restore our American way of life. We cannot dare to dream our biggest dreams for ourselves or for our children while consumed by worry about the safety of our families. President Trump is the law and order president, from our borders to our backyards. President Trump will keep America safe. President Trump will keep America prosperous. 220927 President Trump will keep America America. If you're watching tonight and wrestling with your vote on November 3, I implore you, tune out the distorted news and bias commentary and hear it straight from someone who knows. I wasn't born a trump. I'm from the south, I was raised a Carolina girl. I went to public schools and worked my way through a state university. Mrs. B from my seventh grade English class was right. 220957 What I learned about our president is different than what you might have heard. I learned that he's a good man. That he loves his family. That he didn't need this job. That no one on Earth works harder for the American people. That he's willing to fight for his beliefs and for the people and the country that he loves. 221018 He's a person of conviction. He's a fighter and will never stop fighting for America. He will uphold our values. He will preserve our families and he will build upon the great American edict that our union will never be perfect until opportunity is equal for all, including and especially for women. 221040 Our 40th president, Ronald Reagan, said it best: "The dreams of people may differ, but everybody wants their dreams to come true." And America, above all places, gives us the freedom to do that. It's up to us to keep this country a place where no dream is out of reach for our children and generations beyond. To my father-in-law, thank you for believing in me. 221105 Thank you for bravely leading this country and thank you for continuing to fight every day for America. May god bless and protect the Gulf states in the path of the hurricane. May god bless our troops, and may god continue to bless this incredible country. SAM VIGIL 221140 VIGIL>> Good evening. My name is Sam Vigil. There is a hole in my heart since my beloved Jackie was taken from me. This is her story. There were two things that Jackie loved to do every day. One was to go to the gym and tweet out bible verses and prayers to her friends. On November 19, the tweets stopped. That day started out like any other day. She left for the gym early in the morning. I heard the garage door open. Seconds later, I heard the car horn. 221212 I went outside to see if she had forgotten something. What I saw was a jeep blocking her car in the driveway. I noticed the bullet hole in Jackie's window. I saw someone jumping into the jeep and speeding away. Jackie had just been shot and killed in cold blood. We think this was a carjacking gone wrong. Very wrong. Every time I open the garage door or stand in the driveway, I hear that horn. I see her slumped in the seat. 221243 Where -- when I go to bed at night, that sound and image haunt me. That is my life sentence. It's a sentence being served by too many families left behind by senseless killings. Albuquerque, where I live, is one of the most violent cities in the country. 221303 Fewer than 50% of homicides are solved. It is a sad irony that Jackie immigrated to the U.S. for a better life than her native Columbia only to be gunned down in her own driveway. For eight months, there were no arrests no leads in connection with Jackie's murder. The Albuquerque police were overwhelmed. They needed help. Help arrived when president trump launched operation legend in July of this year. Almost immediately the FBI took over Jackie's case. In a matter of days, they arrested four people. 221341 The fifth suspect killer was arrested in Texas on unrelated charges. He is an illegal immigrant with a long criminal record. He had been deported in September and had come back in October to terrorize our community. I am extremely grateful to President Trump and the FBI for their efforts to deliver justice for Jackie and all the other innocent victims of violent crime. I'm honored to support the president because he is supporting us. I know he will never stop fighting for justice, for law and order. for peace, security, and our communities. CLARENCE HENDERSON 211424 CLARENCE HENDERSON>> Greetings, my fellow Americans. I am Clarence Henderson. There's been movements that have changed the course of history. Among the most extraordinary was the civil rights movement. 60 years ago, segregation was legal and enforced. The simple act of sitting at a lunch counter could lead to physical harm, jail time or worse. 221449 I know from personal experience. Walking into Woolworth's Department Store on Fairway and Second, 1960, I knew it was unlike any day I'd experienced before. My friends had been denied service the day before because of the color of their skin. We knew it wasn't right. But when we went back the next day, I didn't know whether I was going to come out in a vertical or prone position, in handcuffs or on a stretcher or even in a body bag. 221524 By sitting down to order a cup of coffee, we challenged injustice. We knew it was necessary, but we didn't know what would happen. We faced down the KKK. We were cursed at and called all kinds of names. They threatened to kill us and some of us were arrested, but it was worth it. 221548 Our actions inspired similar protests throughout the south against racial injustice. And in the end, segregation was abolished and our country moved a step closer to true equality for all. That's what actual peaceful protest can accomplish. America isn't perfect. We're always improving. But the great thing about this country is that it's not where you come from. It's where you're going. 221616 I was born on what some would call the wrong side of the tracks. I don't even have a birth certificate. I never attended an integrated school. And I'm the only one out of my immediate family who graduated from college, an hbcu. I'm a military veteran and a civil rights activist. And you know what else? I'm a Republican. And I support Donald Trump. If that sounds strange, you don't know your history. It was a Republican party that passed the 13th amendment, abolishing slavery. 221654 It was the Republican Party that passed the 14th Amendment, giving Black men citizenship. It was the Republican party that passed the 15th amendment, giving Black men the right to vote. Freedom of thought is a powerful thing. There are Americans, voters all over the country who media is trying to convince to conform to the same old Democratic talking points. You know what that will get you? The same old results. Joe Biden had the audacity to say if you don't vote for him, you ain't Black. Well, to that I say: if you do vote for Biden, you don't know history. 221733 Donald Trump is not a politician. He's a leader. Politicians are a dime a dozen. Leaders are priceless. The record funding Trump gave HBCUs is priceless, too. So are the record number of jobs he created for the black community and the investment he drove into our neighborhoods with tax incentives and opportunity Zones. And so are the lives he restored by passing criminal justice reform where 91% of the inmates released are black. 221807 These achievements demonstrate that Donald Trump truly cares about black lives. His policies show his heart. He's done more for black Americans in four years than Joe Biden has done in 50. Donald Trump is offering real and lasting change, an unprecedented opportunity to rise. A country that embraces the spirit of the civil rights movement of the 60s. 221835 A place where people are judged by the content of their character, their talents and abilities, not by the color of their skin. This is the America I was fighting for 60 years ago. this is the America Donald Trump is fighting for today. Let's all join in this fight for re-electing president trump on November 3. Thank you. RICHARD GRENELL 221904 GRENELL>> During the presidential debates four years ago, one outsider stood alone and said in public what most Americans thought in private. It was 14 years after the start of the war in Afghanistan and 12 years after the invasion of Iraq, where thousands of American troops had died and trillions in taxpayer dollars had been spent. And yet no candidate could bring themselves to admit that something had gone badly wrong with American foreign policy. 221935 But the American voter, the American soldier and the American taxpayer had always been let down. Except for one, Donald Trump. He called America's endless wars what they were -- a disaster. The media was shocked because Donald Trump was running as a Republican. And yet, he said out loud what we all knew, that American foreign policy was failing to make Americans safer. 222009 After the end of the cold war, Democrats and Republicans in Washington bought into the illusion that the whole world would start to resemble America, and so they started to pursue unlimited globalization. They welcomed China into the World Trade Organization. They engaged in nation building in Afghanistan, and tried to export democracy to Iraq. 222034 They signed a nuclear deal with Iran and a global climate agreement in Paris. But they didn't ground any of it in the interests of the average American. So for decades while Washington politicians built a global system, American wages stagnated. Our great cities and industries were hollowed out. Entire communities were devastated. 222059 And our manufacturing plants were shipped off to China. That's what happened when Washington stopped being the capitol of the United States and started being the capitol of the world. As the U.S. Ambassador to Germany, I had a front row seat to Donald Trump's America first foreign policy. I wish American could see how president trump negotiates on their behalf. 222126 I've watched President Trump charm the chancellor of Germany while insisting that Germany pay its NATO obligations. I was proud to witness President Trump say to foreign leaders, I don't blame you for wanting America to pay for your security. I actually respect you for out- negotiating the presidents before me. But it stops with me. I won't let the American taxpayer be taken advantage of. Donald Trump's administration has always made clear that our priority is the American people's security. 222203 That's the job of all leaders, to put their people first. And we've seen how this strategy has succeeded. In four short years, Donald Trump has led even some Washington Democrats to agree on the Chinese threat, on trade deals that benefit America first, on alliances that share responsibility. In four years, Donald Trump didn't start any new wars. He brought troops home. 222231 He rebuilt the military and signed peace deals that make Americans safer. The Washington elites want you to think this kind of foreign policy is immoral. And so they call it nationalist. That tells you all you need to know. The DC crowd thinks when they call Donald trump a nationalist, they're insulting him. As if the American president isn't supposed to base foreign policy on America's national interests. 222301 A return to the Biden way of thinking means America gives the radical terrorist regime in Tehran a planeload of cash in the middle of the night. Well you see, president trump also sent an aircraft in the middle of the night to deal with Iran. But that plane was on a different mission. An air strike to take out the head of Iran's terror machine who plotted the deaths of Americans. 222327 But we also must be clear that when those who seek freedom take tremendous personal risk in places like Hong Kong, Tehran or Minsk there's no doubt who president trump's administration supports. We will always stand with the people the who fight for their god-given freedoms. Don't be fooled. The Washington establishment is trying to sell you on their candidate. 222358 Joe Biden was first elected to the Senate in 1972, 48 years ago. Well, it's actually the typical Washington story. Just this year, 22 Democrats ran for President. They rejected all of the outsiders and nominated the ultimate Washington insider, someone that they had to pull out of retirement. 222424 Every time Joe Biden offers a new idea, you should ask yourself: why didn't he try that over the last 48 years? Today, the Democrats blame a global pandemic that started in China on President Trump, and they still blame Russia for Hillary Clinton's loss in 19-- in 2016. As acting director of national intelligence, I saw the Democrats' entire case for Russian collusion. 222451 And what I saw made me sick to my stomach. The Obama-Biden administration secretly launched a surveillance operation on the Trump campaign and silenced the many brave intelligence officials who spoke up against it. They presented bogus information as facts. They lied to judges, then they classified anything that undermined their case. And after Donald Trump won the election, when they should have continued the American tradition of helping the President-Elect transition into the White House, they tried instead to undercut him even more. 222533 Former vice president Joe Biden asked intelligence officials to uncover the hidden information on President Trump's incoming national security adviser three weeks before the inauguration. That's the Democrats. Between surveillance, classifications, leaks and puppet candidates, they never want the American people to know who is actually calling the shots. 222557 But with Donald Trump, you always know exactly who is in charge. Because the answer is you. You're in charge. Not lobbyists, not special interests. Not warmongers or China sympathizers or globalization fanatics. With Donald Trump and Mike Pence in the white house, the boss is the American people. President Trump rightly calls his foreign policy "America first." 222630 America first does not advance the interests of one group of Americans at the expense of another. It has no bias about red or blue, educated or not educated, urban or rural. America first is simply the belief that politicians should focus on the equality and dignity of every American. And that this duty is fulfilled by promoting the safety and wealth of the American people above all else. That's America first. That's the trump doctrine and that, my friends, is four more years. [RNC VIDEO] 222724 VO>> By dawn's early light, millions of Americans give thanks for this land, our liberties and those who defend it. That same pride inspired the words of our National Anthem, penned here as the smoke of battle lifted over two centuries ago. When those American soldiers bravely fought and died, repelling the British onslaught, they did so not only for our people which that flag represented, but for our principles for which the flag stood. 222754 Our god-given freedoms, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, equality under the law, government by the people. These are the threads that bind us together as Americans. For we're not a nation born of blood, but of belief. 222813 And even though that old flag has sometimes been battered and beaten, faded and forgotten, fired upon and set ablaze, there are heroes throughout our history who have picked up those tattered strands, mended them, and raised our flag anew. 222830 Just as the soldiers at Fort McHenry fought in defense of the beliefs that bind us today, there are new leaders who have devoted their life to do the same. 222846 MIKE PENCE (ON VIDEO)>> Greetings across the amber waves of grain, this is Mike pence. VO>> Across Indiana highways and homes, his voice warmly welcomed hoosiers each morning. Mike Pence filled the radio waves with conservative commentary, guarding our American ideals. But much like the man who inspired him, Mike didn't grow up a Republican. 222907 MIKE PENCE (VO)>> As president Reagan said, freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. >> His grandfather was a hard-working Irish immigrant who drove a bus to provide for his family. His father served our nation bravely in the Korean war and earned a bronze star. Mike was the third of six children raised here in Columbus, Indiana, with a cornfield in his backyard. 222930 MIKE PENCE (ON VIDEO)>> The foundation of America is freedom, and the foundation of freedom is faith. VO>> It was in this small Indiana town, his foundation of faith in Jesus Christ was laid. And from that conviction, sprung his love of people and service to others. It was at a church service where Mike met the love of his life, Karen. They married and have three children, Michael, Charlotte, and Audrey. MIKE PENCE (ON VIDEO)>> I'm a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order. 223000 VO>> Mike became the President of Free-Market Think Tank, the host of a statewide conservative radio show, and then a Congressman. In Washington, Mike quickly became known as a foremost defender of freedom. He led conservatives in the fight to protect our time-honored values of family, faith, life, liberty, and limited government. 223023 MIKE PENCE (ON VIDEO)>> Our nation's strength begins at homes, because strong families make a strong America. VO>> Mike earned the trust of the people of his state, and became the 50th governor of Indiana. He delivered the largest state tax cut in Indiana history, expanded school choice, led the country in manufacturing, and helped more hoosiers get to work than ever before, but he wasn't through. 223045 DAVID MUIR (ON VIDEO)>> ABC news has learned that Donald Trump will choose Indiana governor Mike pence to be his running mate. TRUMP (ON VIDEO)>> I would like to introduce a man who I truly believe will be the next vice president of the United States. Governor Mike pence. 223102 VO>> As our vice president, Mike Pence has held tightly to those threads of freedom, woven through our history. Leading with those principles alongside president trump, our nation experienced prosperity like never before. TRUMP (ON VIDEO)>> He is solid as a rock. He's been a fantastic vice president. 223120 VO>> And now in these uncertain days, we are equipped to overcome. In times of trouble, some call to retreat from those ideals. But Americans throughout history have lifted them in triumph, hope, and resilience. Mike pence knows those stars and stripes do not merely represent who we are, but more importantly, what we can be. 223147 As the sun rises again on America, we lift our eyes to those lofty truths, to guide our country and every one of us to greater heights. In this land of the free and home of the brave. Vice president Mike pence. 223227 [MIKE AND KAREN PENCE ENTER] 223227 >> Please welcome the vice president of the United States, Mike Pence. Accompanied by the second lady, Mrs. Karen Pence. MIKE PENCE 223327 [CROWD CHANTS "FOUR MORE YEARS] 223336 MIKE PENE>> Good evening, America. It's an honor to speak to you tonight from the hallowed grounds of Fort McHenry. The site of the very battle that inspired the words of our national anthem. Those words have inspired this land of heroes in every generation since. It was on this site 206 years ago when our young republic heroically withstood a ferocious naval bombardment from the most powerful empire on Earth. 223409 They came to crush our revolution, to divide our nation, and to end the American experiment. The heroes who held this fort took their stand for life, liberty, freedom and the American flag, and those ideals have defined our nation. 223434 But they were hardly ever mentioned at last week's Democratic national convention. Instead Democrats spent four days attacking America. Joe Biden said that we were living through a season of darkness. But as president trump said, where Joe Biden sees American darkness, we see American greatness. 223512 In these challenging times, our country needs a president who believes in America, who believes in the boundless capacity of the American people, to meet any challenge, defeat any foe, and defend the freedoms we hold dear. America needs four more years of president Donald Trump in the white house. 223540 Before I go forward, allow me to say a word to the families and communities in the path of Hurricane Laura. Our prayers are with you tonight, and our administration is working closely with authorities in the states that will be impacted. FEMA has mobilized resources and supplies for those in harm's way. This is a serious storm and we urge all of those in the affected areas to heed state and local authorities, stay safe and know that we'll be with you every step of the way, to support, rescue, respond, and recover in the days and weeks ahead. 223618 That's what Americans do. [ Applause ] Four years ago I answered the call to join this ticket because I knew that Donald Trump had the leadership and the vision to make America great again. And for the last four years I've watched this president endure unrelenting attacks but get up every day and fight to keep the promises that he made to the American people. 223652 So, with gratitude for the confidence president Donald Trump has placed in me, the support of our Republican party and the grace of god, I humbly accept your nomination to run and serve as Vice President of the United States. [applause/cheers] 223737 [crowd chants "FOUR MORE YEARS] 223740 Serving the American people in this office has been a journey I never expected. It's a journey that would not have been possible without the support of my family, beginning with my wonderful wife Karen. [ Applause ] 223801 She's a life-long school teacher, an incredible mother to our 3 children. And she's one outstanding second lady of the United States. I'm so proud of you. [ Applause ] And we couldn't be more proud of our three children: Marine Corps captain, Michael J. Pence, and his wife Sara. 223827 Our daughter Charlotte pence Bond, an author and wife to lieutenant Henry Bond who is currently deployed and serving our nation in the United States Navy. [ Applause ] 223845 And our youngest, a recent law school grad, our daughter Audrey and her fiance who like so many other Americans had to delay their wedding this summer. But we can't wait for Dan to be a part of our family. [ Applause ] In addition, my wife and kids, the person who's shaped my life the most is also with us tonight. 223916 My mom, Nancy. [ Applause ] She is the daughter of an irish immigrant, 87 years young. Mom follows politics very closely. And the truth be told, sometimes I think I'm actually her second favorite candidate on the trump/pence ticket. 223947 Thank you, Mom. I love you. Over the past 4 years, I've had the privilege to work closely with our President. I've seen him when the cameras are off. Americans see President Trump is lots if different ways. But there's not doubt how President Trump sees America. 224012 He sees America for what it is: a nation that has done more good in this world than any other, a nation that deserves far more gratitude than grievance. And if you want a president who falls silent when our heritage is demeaned or insulted, he's not your man. [ Applause ] 224041 Now we came by very different routes to this partnership, and some people think we're a little bit different. But you know, I've learned a few things watching him. Watching him deal with all that we've been through over the past four years. He does things in his own way, on his own terms. 224103 Not much gets past him, and when he has an opinion, he's liable to share it. [laughter] He's certainly kept things interesting. But more importantly, president Donald Trump has kept his word to the American people. [ Applause ] 224130 In a city known for talkers, President Trump is a doer. And few presidents have brought more Independence, energy or determination to that office. Four years ago, we inherited a military hollowed out by devastating budget cuts, an economy struggling to break out of the slowest recovery since the great depression. ISIS controlled a land mass twice the size of Pennsylvania, and we witnessed a steady assault on our most cherished values -- freedom of religion and the right to life. That's when president Donald Trump stepped in. 224211 And from day one, he kept his word. We rebuilt our military. [ Applause ] This president signed the largest increase in our national defense since the days of Ronald Reagan and created the first new branch of our armed forces in 70 years, the United States space force. [ Cheers and applause ] 224241 And with that renewed energy, we also returned American astronauts to space on an American rocket for the first time in nearly 10 years. And after years of scandal that robbed our veterans of the care that you earned in the uniform of the United States, president trump kept his word again. We reformed the va and veterans choice is now available for every veteran in America. [ Applause ] 224319 Our armed forces and our veterans fill this land of heroes, and many join us tonight in this historic fort. Tonight, we have among us four recipients of the medal of honor, [ Applause ] six recipients of the purple heart, [ Applause ] a gold star mother of a gallant Navy S.E.A.L. [ Applause ] and wounded warriors from Soldiers Strong, a group that serves our injured veterans every day. 224401 We are honored by your presence and we thank you for your service. [ Applause ] 224429 With heroes just like these, we defend this nation every day. And under this commander in chief, we've taken the fight to radical islamic terrorists on our terms on their soil. Last year, American armed forces took the last inch of ISIS territory, crushed their caliphate and took down their leader without one American causality. [ Applause ] 224457 And I was there when president trump gave the order to take out the world's most dangerous terrorist, Iran's top general will never harm another American because qassem soleimani is gone. [ Cheers and applause ] 224518 My fellow Americans, you deserve to know, Joe Biden criticized President Trump following those decisions, decisions to rid the world of two terrorist leaders. But it's not surprising, because history records that Joe Biden even opposed the operation that took down Osama bin Laden. It's no wonder that the secretary of the defense under the Obama/Biden administration once said that Joe Biden has been, and I quote, "wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades." 224602 So we've stood up to our enemies and we've stood with our allies, like when President Trump kept his word and moved the American Embassy to Jerusalem, [cheers/applause] the capital of the state of Israel, setting the stage for the first Arab country to recognize Israel in 26 years. [ Applause ] 224628 Closer to home, we appointed more than 200 conservative judges to our federal courts. We supported the right to life and all the god given liberties enshrined in our constitution, including the second amendment, right to keep and bear arms. [applause] And when it came to the economy, President Trump kept his word and then some. We passed the largest tax cut and reform in American history. 224655 We rolled back more federal red tape than any administration ever had. We unleashed American energy and fought for free and fair trade. And in our first three years, businesses large and small created more than 7 million good-paying jobs, including 500,000 manufacturing jobs all across America. [ Applause ] 224722 Our country became a net exporter of energy for the first time in 70 years. Unemployment rates for African-Americans and hispanic Americans hit the lowest level ever recorded. 224733 And on this 100th anniversary of the women's right to vote, I'm proud to report that under President Donald Trump, we achieved the lowest unemployment rate for women in 65 years. [ Applause ] And more Americans working than ever before. In our first three years, we built the greatest economy in the world. We made America great again. [ Applause ] 224807 And then, the coronavirus struck from China. Before the first case of the coronavirus spread within the United States, the President took unprecedented action and suspended all travel from China, the second largest economy in the world. Now, that action saved untold American lives, and I can tell you firsthand, it bought us invaluable time to launch the greatest national mobilization since World War II. 224841 President Trump marshalled the full resources of our federal government from the outset. He directed us to forge a seamless partnership with governors across America, in both political parties. We partnered with private industry to reinvent testing and produce supplies that we -- that were distributed to hospitals around the land. 224905 Today we're conducting more than 800,000 tests a day and we have coordinated the delivery of billions of pieces of personal protective equipment for our amazing doctors, nurses and health care workers. [ Applause ] We saw to the manufacture of 100,000 ventilators in 100 days and no one who required a ventilator was ever denied a ventilator in the United States. [ Applause ] 224945 We built hospitals, surged military medical personnel, and enacted an economic rescue package that saved 50 million American jobs. And as we speak, we're developing a growing number of treatments known as therapeutics, including convalescent plasma that are saving lives all across America. Now, last week, Joe Biden said that no miracle is coming. 225015 Well, what Joe doesn't seem to understand is that America is a nation of miracles. [ Applause ] And I'm proud to report that we're on track to have the world's first safe, effective coronavirus vaccine by the end of this year. [ Applause ] 225042 After all the sacrifice in this year like no other, all the hardship, we're finding our way forward again. But tonight, our hearts are with all of the families who have lost loved ones and have family members still struggling with serious illness. In this country, we mourn with those who mourn, we grieve with those who grieve. And this night, I know that millions of Americans will pause and pray for god's comfort for each of you. 225123 You know, our country doesn't get through such a time unless its people find strength within. The response of doctors, nurses, first responders, farmers, factory workers, truckers and everyday Americans who put the health and safety of their neighbors first has been nothing short of heroic. [ Applause ] 225154 Veronica Saez put on her scrubs every day, day in and day out went to work in one of New York City's busiest hospitals. She stayed on the job, put in the long hours until it was done and then got back in her neighborhood and helped neighbors and friends struggling. Her brother William is a New York City firefighter and they're both emblematic of heroes all across this country. 225231 They're with us tonight, and I say to them and to all of you: you have earned the admiration of the American people, and we will always be grateful for your service and care. [applause] 225309 Thanks to the courage and compassion of the American people, we're slowing the spread. We're protecting the vulnerable, and we're saving lives. And we're opening up America again. Because of the strong foundation that President Trump poured in our first 3 years, we've already gained back 9.3 million jobs in the last three months alone. [cheers and applause] 225339 And we're not just opening up America again, we're opening up America's schools. [ Applause ] 225351 And I'm proud to report that my wife, Karen, that school teacher I've been married to will be returning to her classroom next week. And so to all of our heroic teachers and faculty and staff, thank you for being there for our kids. We're going to stay with you every step of the way. [ Applause ] 225417 In the days ahead as we open up America again, I promise you, we'll continue to put the health of America first. 225425 And as we work to bring this economy back, we all have a role to play, and we all have a choice to make. On November 3rd, you need to ask yourself, who do you trust to rebuild this economy? A career politician who presided over the slowest economic recovery since the great depression, or a proven leader who created the greatest economy in the world? 225456 The choice is clear. To bring America all the way back, we need four more years of president Donald Trump in the white house. [ Cheers and applause ] 225523 My fellow Americans, we're passing through a time of testing. When, in the midst of this global pandemic, just as our nation had begun to recover, we've seen violence and chaos in the streets of our major cities. 225538 President Trump and I will always support the right of Americans to peaceful protest. But rioting and looting is not peaceful protest. Tearing down statues is not free speech, and those who do so will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. [ Applause ] 225605 Last week Joe Biden didn't say one word about the violence and chaos engulfing cities across this country. So let me be clear, the violence must stop. Whether in Minneapolis, Portland or Kenosha. Too many heroes have died defending our freedom to see Americans strike each other down. 225629 We will have law and order on the streets of this country for every American of every race and creed and color. [ Cheers and applause ] President Trump and I know that the men and women that put on the uniform of law enforcement are the best of us. Every day, when they walk out that door, they consider our lives more important than their own. 225715 People like Dave Patrick Underwood, an officer in the Department of Homeland Security's federal protective service who was shot and killed during the riots in Oakland, California. Dave's heroism is emblematic of the heroes that serve in blue every day. And we're privileged tonight to be joined by his sister, Angela. 225745 Angela, we say to you, we -- we grieve with your family, and America will never forget or fail to honor officer Dave Patrick Underwood. [ Applause ] 225809 The American people know we don't have to choose between supporting law enforcement and standing with our African-American neighbors to improve the quality of their lives, education, jobs, and safety. 225827 And from the first days of this administration, we've done both. And we will keep supporting law enforcement and keep supporting our African-American and minority communities across this land for four more years. (standing ovation) Now, Joe Biden says that America is systematically racist. 225904 And that law enforcement in America has, and I quote, "an implicit bias" against minorities. When asked whether he'd support cutting funding to law enforcement, Joe Biden replied, "Yes, absolutely." Joe Biden would double down on the very policies that are leading to violence in America's cities. 225934 The hard truth is, you won't be safe in Joe Biden's America. And under President Trump, we will always stand with those who stand on the thin blue line, and we're not going to defund the police, not now, not ever. [ Cheers and applause ] 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 08262020 230000 2020 230010 My fellow Americans, we're passing through a time of testing. But soon, we will come to a time for choosing. Joe Biden has referred to himself as a transition candidate. And many were asking, transition to what? 230024 Last week Democrats didn't talk very much about their agenda. And if I were them, I wouldn't either. [ Laughter ] I mean Bernie Sanders did tell his followers that Joe Biden would be the most liberal president in modern times. In fact, he said, and I quote, that many of the ideas he fought for, that just a few years ago were considered radical, are now mainstream in the democratic party. 230059 At the root of their agenda, is the belief that America is driven by envy, not aspiration. That millions of Americans harbor ill will toward our neighbors, instead of loving our neighbors as ourselves. The radical left believes that the federal government must be involved in every aspect of our lives to correct those American wrongs. They believe the federal government needs to dictate how Americans live, how we should work, how we should raise our children. 230133 And in the process, deprive our people of freedom, prosperity and security. Their agenda is based on government control. Our agenda is based on freedom. [Applause] 230152 Where President Trump cut taxes, Joe Biden wants to raise taxes by nearly 4 trillion dollars. Where this President achieved energy independence for the United States, Joe Biden would abolish fossil fuels, end fracking, and impose a regime of climate change regulations that would drastically increase the cost of living for working families. Where we fought for free and fair trade and this president stood up to China and ended the era of economic surrender, Joe Biden has been a cheerleader for communist China. 230228 He wants to repeal all of the tariffs that are leveling the playing field for American workers and he actually criticized president trump for suspending all travel to China at the outset of this pandemic. Joe Biden is for open borders, sanctuary cities, free lawyers and health care for illegal immigrants. President trump, he secured our border and built nearly 300 miles of that border wall. [ Applause ] Joe Biden wants to end school choice. 230308 And President Trump believes that every parent should have the right to choose where their children go to school, regardless of their income or area code. [ Applause ] President Trump -- President Trump has stood without apology for the sanctity of human life, every day of this administration. Joe Biden, he supports taxpayer funding of abortion, right up to the moment of birth. 230342 When you consider their agenda, it's clear. Joe Biden would be nothing more than a Trojan horse for the radical left. The choice in this election has never been clearer, and the stakes have never been higher. Last week, Joe Biden said democracy is on the ballot. And the truth is, our economic recovery is on the ballot. 230408 Law and order are on the ballot. But so are things far more fundamental and foundational to our country. In this election it's not so much whether America will be more conservative or more liberal, more Republican or more Democrat. The choice in this election is whether America remains America. 230435 It's whether we will leave to our children and grandchildren a country grounded in our highest ideals of freedom, free markets, and the unalienable right to life and liberty, or whether we will leave them a country that is fundamentally transformed into something else. We stand at a crossroads, America. 230458 President Trump has set our nation on a path of freedom and opportunity. Joe Biden would set America on a path of socialism and decline, but we're not going to let it happen. [ Applause ] 230520 President Donald Trump believes in America and in the goodness of the American people, the boundless potential of every American to live out their dreams in freedom and, every day, President Trump has been fighting to protect the promise of America. 230537 Every day our president has been fighting to expand the reach of the American dream. Every day president Donald Trump has been fighting for you. And now it's our turn to fight for him. (applause) 230603 On this night in the company of heroes, I'm deeply grateful. Deeply grateful for the privilege of serving as vice president of this great nation, and to have the opportunity to serve again. I pray to be worthy of it, and I will give that duty all that's in me. In the year 2020, the American people have had more than our share of challenges. But, thankfully, we have a president with the toughness, energy, and resolve to see us through. 220641 Now, those traits actually run in our national character. As the invading force learned on approach to this fort, in September of 1814, against fierce and sustained bombardment, our young country was defended by heroes, not so different from those who are with us tonight. The enemy was counting on them to quit, but they never did. 230718 Fort McHenry, held and when morning came, our flag was still here. [ Applause ] My fellow Americans, we're going through a time of testing. But if you look through the fog of these challenging times, you will see. Our flag is still there today. 230756 That star-spangled banner still waves over the land of the free and the home of the brave. From these hallowed grounds, American patriots in generations gone by did their part to defend freedom. Now it's our turn. So let's run the race marked out for us. 230829 Let's fix our eyes on old glory and all she represents. Let's fix our eyes on this land of heros. And let their courage inspire. And let's fix our eyes on the author and perfecter of our faith and our freedom. And never forget that where the spirit of the lord is, there's freedom. That means freedom always wins. [ Cheers and applause ] 230910 My fellow Americans, thank you for the honor of addressing you tonight and the opportunity to run and serve again as your vice president. I leave here today inspired. And I leave here today more convinced than ever that we will do in our time, as Americans have done throughout our long and storied past. We will defend our freedom and our way of life. We will reelect our president and principled Republican leaders across the land. 230948 And with president Donald Trump in the White House for four more years, and with god's help, we will make America great again. Again. [ Applause ] Thank you. God bless you. And god bless the United States of America. [ Cheers and applause ] 231035 [DONALD AND MELANIA TRUMP ENTER] 231132 ["FOUR MORE YEARS" CHANTS] 231212 [TRACE ADKINS SINGING "STAR SPANGLED BANNER"] 231449 [DONALD AND MELANIA TRUMP GO TO CROWD] #### RNC Night 3 (#1): Re-upping schedule and preview Good evening from Charlotte, Jacksonville, Jerusalem, my living room (again!) for night 3 of the Republican National Convention. We are less than an hour away from the start of the primetime program, on a night featuring several notable speakers, including Vice President Pence and Karen Pence; Sens. Marsha Blackburn and Joni Ernst; Reps. Dan Crenshaw, Elise Stefanik and Lee Zeldin; Kellyanne Conway and Kayleigh McEnany. Tonight's theme: "America Land of Heroes." Below this email you'll find tonight's full schedule, plus background, courtesy of Alisa and Terrance (though please note that much of it is off-the-record prior to air). Notes from tonight's proceedings will all come chained as replies to this email. Despite many speeches being pre-taped, we'll be on particular lookout for reactions to the Kenosha shooting and ongoing protests, and to Hurricane Laura, and will be sure to flag any related comments. RNC Night 3 (#2): Legislators highlight law enforcement within 'heroes' theme 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7Cbb369fea80ee4499b55908d84a25e978%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340874074699417&sdata=nqIX44I9Rb5fKP8Ad9ehf71kZX4nYJhSPgdNGjqRCMA%3D&reserved=0> After another Jon Voight-narrated video to begin the evening, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem -- who has worked her way into President Trump's good graces recently, particularly following Trump's July 4 trip to Mt. Rushmore -- gave the first noteworthy remarks, arguing that "our founding principles are under attack," and took an ominous and potentially pandemic-related shot at "so-called experts" while discussing civil liberties. "America is unique in the world. Government's power at all levels is limited to the confines of our Constitution, which protects our God-given liberties and civil rights. We are not - and will not - be the subjects of an elite class of so-called experts. We the people are the government." (20:37:30) Noem also compared President Trump to Abraham Lincoln -- a comparison Trump likes to make himself when it comes to advancing the lives of Black Americans. "When he was just 28 years old, Honest Abe saw wild and furious passions, "worse than savage mobs," he said, taking the place of reasoned judgment. He was alarmed by the increasing disregard for the rule of law throughout the country." (20:37:59) "He was concerned for the people who had seen their property destroyed, their families attacked, and their lives threatened or even taken away. These good people were becoming tired of, and disgusted with, a government that offered them no protection. Sound familiar?" (20:38:37) Later, Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee focused much of her remarks on "the heroes of our law enforcement and armed services" including some lines critics are likely to seize upon amid the uproar over the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Blackburn did not specifically mention the shooting. "Leftists turned them into villains. They want to cancel them. But I'm here to tell you, these heroes can't be cancelled." (20:44:53) "I see law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every single day to keep our community safe, in spite of the hatred thrown at them." (20:45:30) "They say, we can't gather in community groups, but encourage protests, riots, and looting in the streets." (20:47:14) Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw picked up on that theme in some ways, comparing the heroism he witnessed as a Navy SEAL to the everyday heroism across the country. Like Blackburn, Crenshaw took clear shots at Democrats and this summer's racial justice protests. "It's the cop that gets spit on one day and will save a child's life the next." (20:50:30) "Heroism is self-sacrifice, not moralizing and lecturing over others when they disagree. Heroism is grace, not perpetual outrage. Heroism is rebuilding our communities, not destroying them. Heroism is renewing faith in the symbols that unite us, not tearing them down." (20:50:50) RNC Night 3 (#3): Women's issues spotlighted; McEnany gets personal 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7Cb445ea48026d4e3315de08d84a295790%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340888949873480&sdata=yhcX97SjhJ8t6aFLp9ZmPV%2BMQMFo5e%2Bmtp5rx%2FL%2Fv7E%3D&reserved=0> After a video on the women's suffrage movement, a trio of prominent women spoke to the convention. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany delivered deeply personal remarks about her choice to undergo a preventative mastectomy in 2018 and President Trump's support both shortly after the procedure and later while working White House, while balancing motherhood. "During one of my most difficult times, I expected to have the support of my family, but I had more support than I knew. As I came out of anesthesia, one of the first calls I received was from Ivanka Trump. Days later, as I recovered, my phone rang. It was President Trump, calling to check on me. I was blown away. Here was the leader of the free world caring about me." (21:06:05) She also echoed some of Trump's language about community safety and squeezed in what appeared to be a reference to the DNC pledge of allegiance controversy. "When I look into my baby's eyes, I see a new life, a miracle for which I have a solemn responsibility to protect.That means protecting America's future- a future President Trump will fight for where our neighborhoods are protected, where life is sacred, where God is cherished-- not taken out of our schools, removed from our Pledge, and erased from our history. I want my daughter to grow up in President Donald Trump's America." (21:07:47) Next, Second Lady Karen Pence highlighted the work of the armed services, referencing the service of her son and son-in-law, members of the Marines and Navy, respectively, and the difficulty many veterans encounter with PTSD. Referencing the 19th Amendment's centennial, she also put out a blanket call for Americans to vote -- something the administration's critics would argue that her husband and President Trump are making it more difficult to do. "100 years ago women secured the right to vote, so let's vote, America. Let's honor our heroes." (21:14:30) Afterward, Kellyanne Conway, promoted Trump's efforts to elevate women within the administration and argued that "empowerment" comes neither from social media slogans or "corporate handbooks." "This has been a century worth celebrating, but also a reminder that our democracy is young and fragile. A woman in a leadership role still can seem novel. Not so for President Trump. For decades, he has elevated women to senior positions in business and in government. He confides in and consults us, respects our opinions, and insists that we are on equal footing with the men. President Trump helped me shatter a barrier in the world of politics by empowering me to manage his campaign to its successful conclusion." (21:15:47) "For many of us, "women's empowerment" is not a slogan. It comes not from strangers on social media or sanitized language in a corporate handbook. It comes from the everyday heroes who nurture us, who shape us, and who believe in us." (21:16:17) RNC Night 3 (#4): Speakers attack Biden on abortion, faith; Cawthorn challenges conservatives 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7C9e032392ab3c40f3ea6708d84a2f3ff7%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340914175930792&sdata=I9rwYPAb%2FYIoGR4Iei6PhXjpPNcBEXxOS2x0e%2BF9ImE%3D&reserved=0> Abortion was the common thread between the remarks of Sister Dede Byrne of the community of the Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, and former college football coach Lou Holtz. Byrne shared details of her career as an Army doctor before entering the religious order in 2002, and used the experience to make her position on reproductive rights abundantly clear. "As followers of Christ, we are called to stand up for life and against the politically correct or fashionable today. We must fight against a legislative agenda that supports and even celebrates destroying life in the womb. In fact, the laws we create define how we see our humanity. And we must ask ourselves, what are we saying when we go into a womb and snuff out an insignificant, powerless, voiceless life." (21:22:44) She went on to make an inflammatory claim about the positions of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on the issue. "Donald Trump is the most pro-life President that this nation has ever had, defending life at all stages. His belief in the sanctity of life transcends politics. President Trump will stand up against Biden/Harris who are the most anti-life presidential ticket ever, even supporting the horrors of late-term abortion and infanticide." (21:23:45) Holtz later pointed to the subject to explain his support of Trump, while launching another attack on Biden's faith. "One of the important reasons he has my trust is because nobody has been a stronger advocate for the unborn than President Trump. The Biden-Harris ticket is the most radically pro-abortion campaign in history. They and other politicians are "Catholics in Name Only" and abandon innocent lives. President Trump protects those lives." (21:27:23) Later, New York Rep. Elise Stefanik gave a relatively traditional convention speech, describing her upstate New York district and telling her American dream story: the first in her family to go to college, small business success and election as the youngest Republican woman in House history. She also touted her work as a member of President Trump's impeachment defense (only the second mention of the word "impeachment" in three days), using it to bash the media and Democrats, who she later also characterized in now-boilerplate fashion as socialists. "President Trump has fought tirelessly to deliver results for all Americans, despite the Democrats' baseless and illegal impeachment sham and the media's endless obsession with it. I was proud to lead the effort standing up for the Constitution, President Trump, and most importantly the American people. This attack was not just on the President, it was an attack on you - your voice and your vote." (21:35:09) "But the American people were not swayed by these partisan attacks. Our support for President Trump is stronger than ever before." (21:35:23) From a former "Baby of the House" to the potential next holder of that title. 25-year-old North Carolina 11th Congressional District candidate Madison Cawthorn spoke of the car accident that left him partially paralyzed at 18, but of his decision, in its aftermath to "fight for our future" after his wheelchair initially made him feel "invisible." "This is a time of great adversity for our country. And I know something about adversity." (21:37:26) Cawthorn noted that several of the Founding Fathers had their first tastes of government and military leadership in their 20s (though he incorrectly claimed James Madison signed the Declaration of Independence - h/t Kelsey Walsh) "In times of peril, young people saved this country abroad and at home. We held the line, scaled cliffs, crossed oceans, liberated camps and cracked codes." (21:39:32) Interestingly, he also issued a charge to his fellow Republicans, challenging them to be clearer about their ideas and policies. "To conservatives, let's define what we support and win the argument in areas like health care and the environment." (21:40:31) There was also a nice moment at the end of his remarks during which Cawthorn stood while reciting part of the Pledge of Allegiance. (21:41:23) RNC Night 3 (#5): Remarks on China, coronavirus, agriculture as speakers jump topic-to-topic 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7C92c74d7709dd43420f5c08d84a31c317%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340924953504603&sdata=kbPL5btX2PfhIypqyawNq7oWfP9p3rij4sL3FHlbKTU%3D&reserved=0> Chinese dissident Chen Guangchen described that country's Communist Party as an "enemy of humanity" and accused it of covering up the coronavirus pandemic, while criticizing the Obama-Biden administration for a policy of "appeasement." "The U.S. must use its values of freedom, democracy, and the role of law to gather a coalition of other democracies to stop CCP's aggression. President Trump has led on this, and we need the other countries to join him in this fight. A fight for our future. Standing up to fight and fairness isn't easy. I know. So does President Trump. But he has shown the courage to lead that fight." (21:48:56) New York Rep. Lee Zeldin, who had been listed earlier in the schedule, but spoke over midway through, devoted a larger proportion of his remarks to the pandemic than nearly any other speaker through the first three days. Zeldin spoke of the health challenges faced by his daughters before turning to the efforts undertaken by the administration to combat the coronavirus. "When I learned my county's PPE stockpile was depleted, I immediately thought of those healthcare workers who saved my baby girls. Jared Kushner and I were on the phone late into that Saturday night. The very next day, President Trump announced he was sending us 200,000 N-95 masks. He actually delivered almost 400,000. That number quickly grew to 1.2 million masks, gowns, and more. The President sent thousands of ventilators to New York. He deployed the USS Comfort and converted the Javits Center to a field hospital." (21:51:25) "His administration authorized our lab testing requests at blinding speed. During a once in a century pandemic, an unforeseeable crisis sent to us from a far away land, the president's effort for New York was phenomenal." (21:51:56) Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa, in the midst of a competitive campaign of her own, spoke about the recent derecho that wiped out one-third of the state's crops, and thanked Trump for immediately approving disaster aid. She further honed-in on agriculture while criticizing Democrats, and making a few less-than-truthful claims about the Green New Deal "I can't recall an administration more hostile to farmers than Obama-Biden, unless you count the Biden-Harris ticket. The Democratic Party of Joe Biden is pushing this so-called Green New Deal. If given power, they would essentially ban animal agriculture and eliminate gas-powered cars. It would destroy the agriculture industry, not just here in Iowa, but throughout the country." (21:57:31) RNC Night 3 (#6): Lara Trump on meeting the family; Richard Grenell on foreign policy and 'charming' Merkel 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7C9f499e9f2dcc4065864108d84a36bfa5%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340946365837028&sdata=V9WrWu5Icu9soTZ80sBjYwGIVi3EzRPplTR01rO0%2BSM%3D&reserved=0> (Pence highlights TK via Gomez; h/t to Farrell, Gingello, Johnson, Levine, & McNish for the logs) Lara Trump, the president's daughter-in-law, and a now-seasoned public speaker and advocate through her role as a campaign adviser, gave another only-in-this-country speech, in which she spoke of her small business-owner parents and her New York City dreams, while offering a peek behind the curtain of the Trump family and highlighting women's issues yet again. "Any preconceived notion I had of this family disappeared immediately. They were warm and caring, they were hard workers, and they were down to earth. They reminded me of my own family - they made me feel like I was home." (22:04:53) "Walking the halls of the Trump Organization, I saw the same family environment. I also saw, first-hand, the countless women executives who thrived there, year after year." (22:05:22) She went on to detail how she became involved in the 2016 campaign, claiming his trust in her was a reflection of his support of all women, and perhaps reveling her father-in-law's lax employment vetting standards. "Though I had no political experience, he believed in me and supported me - he knew I was capable even if I didn't." (22:05:50) "So, it didn't surprise me when President Donald Trump appointed the most women to senior level positions of any administration in history. The Secretary of the United Nations, Secretary of the Air Force, the first female CIA Director, the first African American female director of the Fish and Wildlife service and countless ambassadors, just to name a few." (22:05:58) "He didn't do these things to gain a vote or to check a box - he did them because they are the right things to do." (22:06:43) After later pledging that the president will "keep America America," Lara Trump made a personal appeal to undecided voters, referencing her seventh grade teacher who once told her to "believe none of what you hear, half of what you read and only what you're there to witness firsthand." "If you're watching tonight and wrestling with your vote on November 3rd, I implore you: tune out the distorted news and biased commentary and hear it straight from someone who knows. I wasn't born a Trump. I'm from the South. I was raised a Carolina girl. I went to public schools and worked my way through a state university. Mrs. B from my seventh grade English class was right - what I learned about our president is different than what you might have heard." (22:09:27) "I learned that he is a good man. That he loves his family. That he didn't need this job. That no one on Earth works harder for the American people. That he's willing to fight for his beliefs, and for the people -- and the country -- that he loves." (22:09:57) Later, former Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell harkened back to 2016, touting Trump, who, during that cycle's debates "stood alone and said in public what most Americans thought in private." "No candidate could bring themselves to admit that something had gone badly wrong with American foreign policy. That the American voter, the American soldier, and the American taxpayer, had all been let down. Except for one - Donald Trump. He called America's endless wars what they were: A disaster." (22:19:10) Grenell, also the former ambassador to Germany, stuck mostly to foreign policy and characterized the president as a savvy diplomat who still managed to negotiate like a businessman. "I've watched President Trump charm the Chancellor of Germany, while insisting that Germany pay its NATO obligations. I was proud to witness President Trump say to foreign leaders: "I don't blame you for wanting America to pay for your security. I actually respect you for out-negotiating the Presidents before me. But it stops with me. I won't let the American taxpayer be taken advantage of." (22:21:26) He also praised Trump's national security and defense record, arguing that a perspective rooted in nationalism had been unfairly criticized. "In four years, Donald Trump didn't start any new wars. He brought troops home. He rebuilt the military, and signed peace deals that make Americans safer. The Washington elites want you to think this kind of foreign policy is immoral. And so they call it "nationalist." That tells you all you need to know. The DC crowd thinks when they call Donald Trump a nationalist, they're insulting him. As if the American president isn't supposed to base foreign policy on America's national interests." (22:22:03) Turning to Joe Biden and the Democratic Party, Grenell honed in on Biden's age and questioned his efficacy as a leader given his long tenure in Washington. "Don't be fooled - the Washington establishment is trying to sell you on their candidate. Joe Biden was first elected to the Senate in 1972. 48 years ago." (22:23:58) "It's actually the typical Washington story. Just this year, 22 Democrats ran for President. They rejected all the outsiders, and nominated the ultimate Washington insider. Someone they had to pull out of retirement. Every time Joe Biden offers a new idea, you should ask yourself: "Why didn't he try that over the last 48 years?" (22:24:24)
5540 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NIGHT 3 NC RNC CLEAN POOL 08262020 230000 2020 - 2
5540 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC RNC CLEAN POOL 08262020 230000 2020 ***DO NOT EDIT OR MODIFY THIS DOC IN ANY WAY. ONLY LOGGERS ARE PERMITTED. WEDNESDAY AUGUST 26 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION FULL LOG 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 203006 VO>> Long before the shots fired at Concord, were men and women of remarkable character and fortitude. An extraordinary spirit fueled the dreams they held. That spirit lived on to win liberty in the Revolution, embolden the underground railroads. It strengthened the brave souls at Normandy. 230032 It endured with those who gallantly fought the spread of communism. And on 9/11, that same spirit was found in the men and women storming the gates of death to save precious lives. The spirit of heroism thrives in the presence of tyranny, disaster. It is stronger than any virus. 203058 Yet there are those who condemn our heroes, seek to erase history, deconstruct the American ideals, remake America into something it was never intended to be. But the spirit of heroism stands in the breach. It lives in the heart. It breathes in the soul. And is woven into the courageous fabric of Americans like you. It preserves liberty. It strengthens families. It empowers the extraordinary. 203132 The spirit of heroism inspires us to act when others are in need, to do the right thing. Join us tonight. Dream heroic dreams. Celebrate America, land of the free, home of the brave. 203200 >> From Washington D.C., welcome to the 2020 Republican National Convention. Tonight, celebrating America as the land of heroes. 203225 >> Lord, almighty god, we come before you this evening and pray for your divine protection over our brothers and sisters in the path of storms along our Gulf Coast. You are our rock and our shelter, in the midst of the storms of life. You are the god who commands the winds and the waves, and we pray that He will provide refuge to our people. 203252 Oh, lord, you have granted us certain natural rights such as the right to speak freely, life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness as well as religious freedom, the right to assemble and the right to self-defense. Only in America have these god-given rights so flourished and been categorized as belonging to the people, embodying the very essence of our government. 223322 Father, we pray that this outlook and mindset, this form of government continues, as has been our history, especially now when, to our horror, it is being challenged. And so, we pray that god give strength and health to our President who has splendidly demonstrated daily his determination to defend and maintain the god-given rights of our citizens, as enshrined in our constitution and in our declaration. 203356 [And] eloquently passed down through our Judeoo-Christian tradition. President Trump has stood up fearlessly against those corrupting the term "social justice," so as to deny Americans their birthright and these divine gifts. 203413 May god protect him. May god bless all those in government and among our citizens who seek to honor, defend, and preserve our heritage. This land was founded in an epic and providential moment. Like the revelation at sinai, it was the moment when the vision of god rendezvoused with the soaring and noble plans of appointed men. Yet every so often, apace various generations, we are compelled to resurrect and give rebirth to our providential beginning, to renew our present days with the exuberance of those founding days. 203501 Perhaps that is what is meant when you say make America great again. We pledge to viginantly protect and tend the garden so as to imbibe its blessed fruits. May god continue to make America great and may we continue to be his people, one nation, under god, and let us say amen. 203530 >> I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic, for which it stands. One nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. KRISTI NOEM 203557 NOEM>> Good evening. I'm governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota. I'm here tonight because I believe America is an exceptional nation, founded on three principles: equality, freedom, and opportunity. But today, our founding principles are under attack. This year the choice for Americans is between a man who values these ideals, and all that can be built because of them, and a man who isn't guided by these ideals and coincidentally has built nothing. 203628 Remember, America's battle for Independence and fight for self governance was something that had never been done before. Men of great intellect and wisdom like James Madison, the father of our constitution, hoped our constitutional republic would last for ages, mitigate the problems that would naturally arise from political factions, and prevent tyranny. Madison also authored much of the bill of rights. 203653 Because he understood the natural tendency of government to increasingly encroach on the people's consent, and thus, our freedom. He urged his colleagues to adopt these amendments to enshrine in our Constitution the ideals laid out in the declaration of Independence, that all power comes from the people. That the government is created and ought to be exercised for the benefit of the people. Our constitution guarantees the right to speak, to assemble, and to worship. 203725 The right to arm ourselves as a counterbalance to a standing army. And the right to a fair and equitable criminal justice system. We must fight to protect these foundational rights from government interference and indifference. America is unique in the world. Government's power at all levels is limited to the confines of our constitution, which protects our god-given liberties and civil rights. We are not and will not be the subjects of an elite class of so-called experts. 203759 We, the people, are the government. Now at times our country has struggled to live up to our founding principles. Another great American, Abraham Lincoln, knew that struggle better than anybody. When he was just 28 years old, honest Abe saw wild and furious passions worse than savage mobs, he said, taking the place of reason and judgment. He was alarmed by the increasing disregard for the rule of law throughout the country. He was concerned for the people that had seen their property destroyed, their families attacked, and their lives threatened or even taken away. 203837 These good people were becoming tired of and disgusted with a government that offered no protection. Sound familiar? It took 244 years to build this great nation, flaws and all. But we stand to lose it in a tiny fraction of that time, if we continue down the path taken by the Democrats and their radical supporters. From Seattle and Portland to Washington and New York, Democrat-run cities across this country are being overrun by violent mobs. 203910 The violence is rampant. There's looting, chaos, destruction, and murder. People that can afford to flee have fled but the people that can't, good hard-working Americans, are left to fend for themselves. The Republican party's commitment to individual rights and self government is as necessary today as it was in 1860, when we won our first presidential election. 203937 Our party respects individuals based on who they are. We don't divide people based on their belief or their roots. We don't shun people who think for themselves. We respect everyone, equally, under the constitution, and we treat them as Martin Luther King Jr. wished, according to the content of their character, not the color of their skin. 204001 In just four years, President Trump has lifted people of all races and backgrounds out of poverty. He shrunk government. He put money back into the pockets of hard-working, ordinary Americans. He has advanced religious liberty, he protected the second amendment. You can look back 50 years, you won't find anyone that has surpassed President Trump's success on these four issues alone. 204027 History chooses its heros for the time in which they live. At our founding, Madison was one of the chosen. When the nation's very existence was challenged it was Lincoln's turn. Thanks to these men, America is a land of hope. Their examples have been repeated in countless ways by simple Americans following their conscience. But there is another American hero to be recognized. And that is the common American. 204057 This is who president Trump is fighting for. He's fighting for you. SCOTT DANE 204121 DANE>> I'm Scott Dane. I represent loggers and truckers in Minnesota, but I also represent a way of life. Logging's been a part of the great American story from the beginning. In fact. if you go to the capitol rotunda and look up, you can see loggers on one of the panels -- New England settlers carving out a new world from the wilderness. Logging is the most dangerous job in the country, but we embrace that risk because we know America was built by strong people, building things together. America needs us to keep building and we can't wait to be a part of it. 204157 But the last time Joe Biden was in the white house, Minnesota lost nearly half of its mills, thousands of jobs, and experienced nearly a decade of decline. It was a similar story in other parts of the country. The administration just didn't seem to care, and 47 years in Washington, Joe Biden hasn't done anything for the timber industry. When plants close in Duluth, Sartel, Cook, and Bemidji, they were just numbers on paper to the Obama-Biden administration. To me they were people and jobs and families. 204233 Under obama-biden, radical environmentalists were allowed to kill the forest. Wildfire after wildfire shows the consequences. Managed forests, the kind my people work in, are healthy forests. Under president trump, we've seen a new recognition of the value of forest management in reducing wildfires. And we've seen new support for our way of life where a strong back and a strong work ethic can build a strong middle class. 204258 We want to build families where we were raised and stand by communities that stood by us. We want that way of life available for the next generation and we want our forests there, too. President Trump, thank you for helping us do just that. MARSHA BLACKBURN 204335 BLACKBURN>> Hi, I'm US Senator Marsha Blackburn from Tennessee. America is a nation of heroes. In times of difficulty, we're reminded that they're all around us. They're in the line with us at the grocery store, in the pew with us at church. They're the regular American who step up to volunteer and serve when we need them most. 204400 They've stood at the forefront throughout this pandemic. The emergency room nurses who go back shift after shift. 204411 The medical researchers developing a vaccine and therapies to combat what the Chinese communist regime unleashed on the world. Cookville's Double Strings Church of Christ members, lifting our country up in prayer and providing for those impacted by tragedy. But tonight, I want to talk to you about another kind of hero. The kind democrats don't recognize because they don't fit into their narrative. I'm talking about the heroes from law enforcement and armed services. 204453 Leftists turned them into villains. They want to cancel them. But I'm here to tell you, these heroes can't be cancelled. Tennessee is full of them. After all, we're the volunteer state. My dad served in the Army in World War 2. When he came home, he put on another uniform, and for 30 years, volunteered to help our under funded sheriff's department. I'm reminded of him whenever I see compassion and selflessness in others. 204530 When I see law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every single day to keep our community safe, in spite of the hatred thrown at them. When I see the heroes who volunteer to serve our country, putting their lives on the line for their freedom. Many of these heroes call Tennessee home and we could not be more proud of the brave men and women of the 101st airborne division at Fort Campbell. 204605 The common thread between them is a deep seeded desire to serve a cause larger than themselves. They don't believe their country owes them anything. They believe they owe their country and their fellow man. As hard as Democrats try, they can't cancel our heroes. They cannot contest their behavery and they can't dismiss the powerful sense of service that lives deep in their souls. 204643 So they try to defund them -- our military, our police, even ICE -- to take away their tools to keep us safe. Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and their radical allies try to destroy these heroes because if there are no heroes to inspire us, government can control us. They close our churches, but keep the liquor stores and abortion clinics open. 204714 They say, we can't gather in community groups, but encourage protests, riots, and looting in the streets. If the Democrats had their way, they would keep you locked in your house until you become dependent on the government for everything. That sounds a lot like communist China to me. Maybe that's why Joe Biden is so soft on them, why Nancy Pelosi says that China would prefer Joe Biden. Yep. I bet they would. 204749 But, President Trump has stood up for our heroes every day. He stood by our law enforcement, our military, and the freedoms we hold dear. He's made good on his promise to put America first. And I hope you will stand with me as we send him back for four more years, with a clear message to the democrats, you will never cancel our heroes. DAN CRENSHAW 204828 CRENSHAW>>> Hi, I'm Congressman Dan Crenshaw. 8 years ago, in the fields of Helmand Province, Afghanistan, a close friend and teammate laid down cover fire against Taliban insurgents so that I could walk, blind and bloodied, to the Med-Evac helicopter, and survive. But he didn't. Dave Orson was killed 2 months later. 204848 He died a hero to this great country. Here's the truth about America: we are a country of heroes. I believe that. So should you. We are a people with a common set of ideals, conceived in liberty. People that have sacrificed, time and time again, for the freedom and freedom of others -- that's something that no country ever, anywhere can claim. 204911 Since 9/11, I've seen America's heroes up close. Some of them saved my life. Some of them saved many others lives. Many of them never made it home. These heroes act as if the whole struggle depended on them alone, as if any weakness on their part would be a reflection of the whole nation. That is called duty. 204930 And America has a long history of it. Our enemies fear us, because Americans can fight for good and we know it. It gives us strength. When our heroes are trusted and equipped, then freedom prevails. The defeat of ISIS was the result of America believing in our heroes. Our president having their backs and rebuilding our military so we'd have what we needed to finish the mission. 204955 The cowering of the Iranian regime and the restoration of the deterrence once lost is the result of America believing in her own might again. America's heroism isn't relegated to the battlefield. Every single day we see them, if you just know where to look. It's the nurse who volunteers for back-to-back shifts caring for covid patients because she feels that's her duty. It's the parent who will relearn algebra because there's no way they are letting their kids fall behind while schools are closed. 205023 And it's the cop that gets spit on one day and will saves a child's life the next. America is the country where the young military wife of two young children answers the unexpected knock at the door, looks the man in uniform in the eye and even as her whole world comes crashing down, she stands up straight, she holds back tears and takes care of her family because she must. 205048 This is what heroism looks like, it's who we are, a nation of heroes. And we need you now more than ever. We need to remind ourselves what heroism really is. Heroism is self-sacrifice. It's not moralizing and lecturing over others when they disagree. Heroism is grace, not perpetual outrage. Heroism is rebuilding our communities, not destroying them. 205115 Heroism is renewing faith in the symbols that unite us, not tearing them down. See, America is a fabric. It's woven from the threads of history's best stories, best attributes, and greatest ideas. The American spirit reflects the oldest and most important virtues: self sacrifice, courage, tolerance, love of country, grace, and passion for human achievement. 205136 We can decide, right now, that American greatness will not be rejected nor squandered. As the American founding was grounded in individual liberty, so will be our future. But if we are to rediscover our strength, then it must be an endeavor undertaken by each and every one of us. We must become the heroes that we so admire. 205158 America was built by them, and our future will be protected by them. It will be protected by you. So, god bless America. GEN KEITH KELLOGG 205215 KELLOGG>> Good evening. I'm retired Lieutenant General Keith Kellogg. In 1967, at the age of 22, I volunteered to serve my country in Vietnam. From the jungles of Vietnam to the deserts of Iraq, I have gone where my nation asked. I have borne witness to soldiers' last moments on Earth, their lives spent in hope and promise of a better future for all Americans. 205246 I was in the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. I lost friends there that day. In the years that followed, I watched my daughter, son, and son-in-law deploy to Afghanistan. I have looked into the eyes of my grandchildren as they said goodbye to their fathers and hugged them one last time. I lived (?) service. I understand sacrifice. I know leadership. 205315 Over the past 3 1/2 years, I have witnessed every major foreign policy and national security decision by the President. I have been in the room where it happened. I saw only one agenda and one guiding question, when tough calls had to be made: is this decision right for America? When President Donald Trump took office, decades of failed foreign policy had crippled us. 205347 He faced wars without end in sight, creation of failed states like Libya and Syria, a past that allowed a terrorist caliphate to grow, and leadership in Washington that allowed our military to atrophy, while we spent trillions of dollars abroad instead of investing at home. President Trump has reversed the decline of our military, and restructured our national security strategy. 205414 With historic investment and vision, our military is now better equipped, better resourced, and better manned than any military in the world. President Trump demolished the terrorist ISIS caliphate in the Middle East and eliminated its leader, Al baghdadi, one of the world's most brutal terrorists. President Trump took decisive action against Iranian terrorist mastermind, Qasem Soleimani, the man responsible for deaths of hundreds of American servicemen in Iraq. 205450 When our NATO allies failed to meet their commitments as we upheld ours, President Trump demanded parity. NATO members have now increased their contributions over $100 billion this year and NATO's Secretary General credits President Donald J. Trump. President Trump challenged and continues to challenge an ever-increasingly provocative and militant China. But make no mistake, President Trump is no hawk. 205521 He wisely wields the sword when required, but believes in seeking peace instead of perpetual conflict. Just over a week ago, our president brokered a peace agreement between the united Arab Emirates and Israel, the first in the Middle East in over 25 years. And this week, Afghan negotiators, with help from American officials, will start peace negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government to end America's longest war. 205558 Ask yourself: has this president kept his promises to keep us out of needless conflicts and to pursue ending wars without end? Has he defended your interests in renegotiating trade deals that previously hurt Americans and our national security? Has he fulfilled his commander in chief role by decisively going after the nation's enemies? You and I know the answer is yes. 205629 The choice is clear. This is the most important election of our lifetime. The next four years will decide the course of our country for decades to come. I am asking you to stand up and be counted so we never have to look back and recall what it was once like in America when men and women were free, our families were secure, and we had a president who served the people. 205701 God bless America. Thank you, and good night. TERA MEYERS 205730 MEYERS>> Good evening, my name is Tara Meyers. Tonight I am here as a wife and mother to share how education freedom has personally impacted my family, especially the life of my son Samuel. Before Samuel was even born, I was told his life wouldn't be worth living. When early tests revealed he had down syndrome, our doctor encouraged me to terminate the pregnancy. 205757 He said "if you do not, you will be burdening your life, your family and your community." I knew my baby was a human being created by god, and that made him worthy of life. I am thankful that president Trump values the life of the unborn. When we went to register samuel for kindergarten, we were told to just put him where he would be comfortable. Don't stress him out by trying to teach him. 205825 When we pushed for him to attend his neighborhood school with his sisters, we were told just go home and let us do what we do. When I inquired about functional learning, I was told, this is all you get, like it or not. Well, I did not like it. One size did not fit all. So I helped fight to pass legislation in Ohio, for a special needs scholarship, so that all students could choose the right program for their needs. 205857 I worked to start a new functional learning program at our local private school. Finally, Samuel had an appropriate place to learn. Last December, Samuel was invited to the White House to meet our president and share his thoughts on education freedom. He said, "school choice helped my dreams come true. My school taught me the way I learn best. I was able to fit in. I made many friends. I became a part of my community. My teachers helped me become the best I can be." President Trump shook my hand and said, wonderful job, mom. Your son is amazing. 205939 Unlike the doctor who told me to end Samuel's life before it even began. President trump did not dismiss my son. He showed Samuel he valued him and was proud of what he accomplished. President Trump gave Samuel an equal seat at the table. Tonight I would like to extend my thanks to president trump and his administration for their work toward making every student's dream of a meaningful education a reality. 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 210000 2020 210011 And for fighting to ensure every child in America has an equal seat at the table of education freedom and an equal opportunity in life. Thank you. And may god bless America. [RNC VIDEO "SUFFRAGE"] 210040 VO>> It all started at a tea party, 13 years before the American civil war. Civil unrest and division separated countrymen into two opposing camps: one determined to keep African-American people enslaved. The other, determined to see all people free. 210105 Elizabeth Katie Stanton and Lucretia Mott felt the call to fight for that freedom when they were selected as delegates for an anti slavery convention. But, upon arrival, were told they could not speak or vote at the male dominated event. On July 9, 1848, Mott, Stanton and three other women met for tea. 210127 By the end of the day, they had formed a coalition with the sole purpose of gaining the right for women to vote so they in turn would be free to fight for the freedoms of others. Women across America united and formed activist groups working tirelessly to win the vote for American women. The incomparable Susan B Anthony became one of the most visible leaders of women's suffrage when, in 1872, she registered and voted for every Republican on the ballot. 210158 As punishment for her actions, she was arrested for illegal voting at the request of Susan B. Anthony, Senator A.A. Sargent introduced the 19th amendment in 1878. The Susan B. Anthony Amendment was submitted and defeated five times. But, women continued to fight. Sojourner Truth and many other black suffragettes defied segregation, fighting for all women's voices to be heard and allowed to vote. 210223 For the two years prior to ratification, the silent sentinels quietly picketed the White House. Finally, when Republicans regained control of Congress, on August 26th, 1920, the Equal Suffrage Amendment was signed into law. Women's suffrage movement took 72 years and would change the lives of women forever. The victory was achieved peacefully through the valiant efforts of women patriots and the democratic process. 210252 100 years later in a bold declaration of rights for women, President Trump granted a full pardon to Susan B. Anthony on the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment's ratification. Women's suffrage was born from a desire to fight for the freedom of others. Now, we, the great patriots of America, will band together once again. And with one unified voice, we will vote for freedom. KAYLEIGH MCENANY 210330 MCENANY>> I'm Kayleigh Mcenany. You may know me as a supporter of President Trump. But tonight, I'm here to share with you how he supported me, both as a new mom and as an American with a pre-existing condition. When I was 21 years old, I got a call that changed my life. It was my doctor informing me that I had tested positive for the BRCA2 genetic mutation, a mutation that put my chances of breast cancer at 84%. 210403 It was the same mutation that my mom had, compelling her to get a preventive double mastectomy, removing her breast tissue but protecting her from a disease has taken far too many of our mothers, our sisters, our friends. In my family, eight women alone were diagnosed with breast cancer, several were in their young 20s. I now faced the same prospect. For nearly a decade, I was routinely at Moffitt Cancer Center, getting MRIs, ultrasounds, and necessary surveillance. 210443 During these visits, I cross pathed with brave women battling cancer and fighting through chemotherapy. They were a testament to American strength. They are American heroes. On May 1st, 2018, I followed in my mother's footsteps, choosing to get a preventive mastectomy. I was scared. The night before, I fought back tears as I prepared to lose a piece of myself forever. But the next day with my mom, dad, husband, and Jesus Christ by my side, I underwent a mastectomy, almost eliminating my chance of breast cancer. 210530 A decision I now celebrate. Breast reconstruction has advanced remarkably. While it is an individual's decision, my doctor and I chose a course of surgery that left me virtually unchanged. But more important than physical results, I developed a strength and a confidence that I carry with me. During one of my most difficult times, I expected to have the support of my family, but I had more support than I knew. As I came out of anesthesia, one of the first calls I received was from Ivanka Trump. 210607 As I recovered, my phone rang again. It was president Trump, calling to check on me. I was blown away. Here was the leader of the free world, caring about my circumstance. At the time, I had only met president Trump on a few occasions, but now I know him well. And I can tell you that this president stands by Americans with preexisting conditions. In fact, President Trump called me this morning, I spoke with him several times today, and he told me how proud he was of me for sharing this story. 210646 The same way president Trump has supported me, he supports you. I see it everyday. I've heard him say the hardest part of his job is writing to loved ones of fallen soldiers. I've seen him offer heartfelt outreach to grieving parents who lost their children to crime in the streets. And I have watched them fight for Americans who lost their jobs. President Trump fights for the American people, because he cares about stories like these. I have a nine-month-old daughter. She's a beautiful sweet little girl, and I choose to work for this president for her. 210735 When I look into my baby's eyes, I see a new life, amiracle for which I have a solemn responsibility to protect. That means protecting America's future, a future President Trump will fight for. Where our neighborhoods are protected. Where life is sacred. Where god is cherished, not taken out of our schools, removed from our pledge, and erased from our history. I want my daughter to grow up in President Donald J. Trump's America. 210804 Choosing to have a preventative mastectomy was the hardest decision I ever had to make. But supporting President Trump, who will protect my daughter and our children's future, was the easiest. KAREN PENCE 210851 KAREN PENCE>> Good evening. Karen Pence, my husband is Vice President Mike Pence. 100 years ago, today, the 19th amendment was adopted into the United States constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote. Because of heroes like Susan B. Anthony and Lucy Stone, women today -- like our daughters Audrey and Charlotte -- and future generations will have their voices heard and their votes count. 210921 The women's suffrage movement was the gateway that led to women having the opportunities to achieve monumental milestones and accomplish significant achievements in both civic and governmental roles. This evening, we look at heroes in our land. As Second Lady of the United States for the past three and a half years, I have had the honor of meeting many heroes across this great country. The Pences are a military family. 210955 Our son Michael serves in the United States Marines. And our son-in-law Henry serves in the US Navy. And one of my key initiatives is to elevate and encourage military spouses. These men and women like our daughter Charlotte and our daughter-in-law Sarah are the home front heroes. I have been privileged to hear so many stories of selfless support, volunteer spirit and great contributions to the armed forces and our communities. 211029 You know, military spouses may experience frequent moves and job changes, periods of being a single parent while their loved one is deployed, all while exhibiting pride, strength and determination and being a part of something bigger than themselves. To all of the military spouses, thank you. President Trump and Vice President Pence have been supporting our United States armed forces including our military families on a significant scale. 211103 While traveling throughout our nation to educate military spouses about policy solutions that President Trump has promoted involving real, tangible progress in military spouse employment, I have been inspired to meet heroes like Lisa Bradley and Cameron Cruz. 211126 These military spouses decided to start their own business R-Riveter, named after the Rosie the Riveter campaign used to recruit women workers during World War II. R-Riveter makes beautiful handbags designed and manufactured exclusively by military spouses. And many of those spouses live all over the country. They prepare and send their section of the bags to the company located in North Carolina where the final product is assembled. 211158 Military spouse hero Jilan Hall-Johnson in Billings, Montana, is a culinary artist who had dreamed of starting her own restaurant. Working with the small business administration's development center, Jilan started her restaurant, the Sassy Biscuit. 211218 And she just opened a second restaurant in Dover, New Hampshire. And as the second lady, I've also been able to bring awareness to a form of therapy for our heroic veterans suffering from PTSD. Art therapy facilitated by a professional art therapist is especially effective with posttraumatic stress disorder. Master gunnery sergeant Chris Stowe a marine veteran I met in Tampa, who deployed for combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, said nothing had helped him deal with the trauma from his service in the Marines, until he finally agreed to meet with the art therapist at Walter Reed medical center 211305 Chris credits art therapy with saving his marriage and his life. And Chris went on to establish a glass blowing workshop to help other Vets. Many of our veteran heroes struggle as they transition back into civilian life. And, sometimes, the stress is too difficult to manage alone. A few weeks ago, I had the honor of speaking with some amazing Americans who answer the Veterans Crisis Line. 211335 One, in particular, Sydney Morgan, especially impacted me. A veteran herself, Sydney said, it is the highest honor of her life, until they physically walk into a clinic to receive help they deserve, and she can pass their hand to someone ready to help. 211358 In these difficult time, we've all seen so many examples of everyday Americans reaching out a hand to those in need. Those who, in humility, have considered others more important than themselves. We've seen health care workers, teachers, first responders, mental health providers, law enforcement officers, grocery and delivery workers and farmers. 211427 And so many others. Heroes, all. 100 years ago women secured the right to vote, so let's vote, America. Let's honor our heroes. Let's re-elect president trump and vice president pence for four more years. God bless our heroes, and god bless the United States of America. 211458 VO>> We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. KELLYANNE CONWAY 211517 CONWAY>> Good evening. I'm Kellyanne Conway. 100 years ago, courageous warriors helped women secure the right to vote. This has been a century worth celebrating, but also a reminder that our democracy is young and fragile. A woman in a leadership role can still seem novel. Not so for President Trump. For decades, he has elevated women to senior positions in business and in government. 211547 He confides in and consults us, respects our opinions, and insists that we are on equal footing with the men. President Trump helped me shatter a barrier in the world of politics by empowering me to manage his campaign to its successful conclusion.With the help of millions of Americans, our team defied the critics, the naysayers, the conventional wisdom and we won. For many of us, women's empowerment is not a slogan. 211617 It comes not from strangers on social media orr sanitized language in a corporate handbook. It comes from the everyday heroes who nurture us, who shape us, and who believe in us. I was raised in a household of all women. They were self-reliant and resilient. Their lives were not easy. But they never complained. Money was tight, but we had an abundance of what mattered most, family, faith and freedom. 211652 I learned that, in America, limited means does not make for limited dreams. The promise of America belongs to us all. This is a land of inventors and innovators, of entrepreneurs and educators, of pioneers and parents -- each contributing to the success and the future of a great nation and her people. These everyday heroes have a champion in President Trump. 211725 The teacher who took extra time to help students adjust to months of virtual learning. The nurse who finished a 12-hour COVID shift and then took a brief break only to change her mask, gown, and gloves to do it all over again. The small business owner striving to reopen after the lockdown was lifted and then again after her store was vandalized and looted. 211753 The single mom with two kids, two jobs, two commutes, who ten years after that empty promise, finally has health insurance. President Trump and vice president Pence have lifted Americans, provided them with dignity, opportunity and results. I have seen firsthand many times the president comforting and encouraging a child who has lost a parent, a parent who has lost a child, a worker who lost his job, an adolescent who lost her way to drugs. 211836 "Don't lose hope," he has told them, assuring them that they are not alone, and that they matter. There always will be people who have far more than us. Our responsibility is to focus on those who have far less than us. President Trump has done precisely that, in taking unprecedented action to combat this nation's drug crisis. 211903 He told me, this is so important, Kellyanne, so many lives have been ruined by addiction, and we'll never even know it, because people are ashamed to reach out for help, and they're not even sure who to turn to in their toughest hour. Rather than look the other way, President Trump stared directly at this drug crisis next door and through landmark bitarsian legislation has helped secure historic investments in surveillance, interdiction, education, prevention, treatment and recovery. 211936 We have a long way to go, but the political inertia that cost lives and the silence and the stigma that prevents people in need from coming forward is melting away. This is the man I know and the president we need for four more years. He picks the toughest fights and tackles the most complex problems. 212001 He has stood by me, and he will stand up for you. In honor of the women who empowered me and for the future of the children we all cherish, thank you and God bless you, always. DIDI BURN 212033 DIDI BURN>> Good evening. I'm sister Didi Burn and I belong to the community of the Little Workers of the Sacred Heart's of Jesus and Mary. Last 4th of July, I was honored to be one of the president's guests at his salute to America celebration. I must confess that I recently prayed while in chapel, begging God to allow me to be a voice and instrument for human life. And now, here I am, speaking at the Republican National Convention. I guess you better be careful for what you pray for. My journey towards religious life is not a traditional route, if there is such a thing. 212111 In 1978, as a medical stud-- school student at Georgetown University, I joined the Army to help pay for my tuition, and ended up devoting 29 years to the military, serving as a doctor and a surgeon in places like Afghanistan and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. After much prayer and contemplation, I entered my religious order in 2002, working to serve the poor and the sick in Haiti, Sudan, Kenya, Iraq, and in Washington, D.C. 212144 Humility is at the foundation of our order which makes it difficult to talk about myself, but I can speak about my experience working for those fleeing war-torn and impoverished countries all around the world. Those refugees all share a common experience. They have been all marginalized, viewed as insignificant, powerless and voiceless. And while we tend to think of the marginalized as living beyond our borders, the truth is the largest marginalized group in the world can be found here in the United States. 212220 They are the unborn. As Christians we first met Jesus as a stirring embryo in the womb of an unwed mother and saw him born nine months later in the poverty of a cave. It's no coincidence that Jesus stood up for what was just and ultimately crucified because what he said wasn't politically correct or fashionable. 212244 As followers of Christ, we are called to stand up for life against the politically correct or fashionable of today. We must fight against a legislative agenda that supports and even celebrates destroying life in the womb. Keep in mind, the laws we create define how we see our humanity, and we must ask ourselves: what are we saying when we go into a womb and snuff out an innocent, powerless voice's life? 212315 As a physician, I can say without hesitation: life begins at conception. While what I have to say may be difficult for some to hear, I am saying it because I'm not just pro-life, I'm pro eternal life. And I want all of us to end up in heaven together some day. Which brings me to why I'm here today -- Donald Trump is the most pro-life President that this nation has ever had, defending life at all stages. 212345 His belief in the sanctity of life transcends politics. President Trump will stand up against Biden-Harris who are the most anti-life Presidential ticket ever, even supporting the horrors of late-term abortion and infanticide. Because of his courage and conviction, President Trump has earned the support of America's pro-life community. 212410 Moreover, he has a nation wide of religions standing behind him. You'll find us with our weapon of choice, the rosary. So thank you Mr. President, we are all praying for you. LOU HOLTZ 212429 HOLTZ>> I'm Lou Holtz. Many of you know me as Coach Holtz, or maybe that football guy. It is a pleasure, a blessing, and an honor, for me to explain why I believe that President Trump is a consistent winner, an outstanding leader, and deserves to be re-elected as our president. First, I want you to know that I grew up in a one-bedroom house in West Virginia. I may have been poor, but the lessons my parents taught me were priceless. 212500 They taught me that life is about making choices. Wherever you are, good or bad, don't blame anyone else. Go get an education, get to work. You can overcome any obstacles. And always remember, that in this great country of ours, anyone can amount to something special. I lived by those principles of hard work, and responsibility my whole life. 212526 Living out the the American story, and it works. But there are people today like politicians, professors, protesters, and of course president trump's nay-sayers in the media who like to blame others for problems. They don't have pride in our country. They make us say no longer ask, what can I do for my country? Only what the country should be doing for them. They don't have pride in themselves. That's wrong. 212600 When I was an officer in the army, I served with so many great Americans who embraced the responsibility to our country. I'm so proud of their sacrifices and the opportunity it has provided for so many millions. America remains a land of opportunity, no matter what the other side says or believes. You know, there's a statue of me at Notre Dame. I guess they needed a place for the pigeons to land. 212629 But if you look closely, you will see these three words there: trust, commitment, and love. All my life, I have made my choices based on these three words. I use these three rules to make choices about everything. My beloved wife of 59 years, athletes I coached, and of course, politicians. Even President Trump. I ask myself three things. 212657 One, can I trust them? When a leader tells you something, you gotta be able to count on it. That is President Trump. He says what he means, he means what he says, and he's done what he said he would do at every single turn. One of the important reasons he has my trust is because nobody has been a stronger advocate for the unborn than President Trump. 212723 The Biden-Harris ticket is the most radically pro-abortion campaign in history. They and other politicians are Catholic in name only, and abandoned innocent lives. 212737 President Trump protects those lives. I trust President Trump. The second question I ask is are they committed to doing their very best? President Trump always finds a way to get something done. If you want to do something bad enough, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse. And excuses are a lot easier to find than solutions. 212805 President Trump finds solutions, president trump is committed. The third question I ask is do they love people? Do they care about others? To me this is very clear. President trump has demonstrated through his prison reform, advocating for school choice, and welfare reform. He wants Americans from all walks of life to have the opportunity to succeed and live the American dream. President trump loves our country and our great people. Trust, commitment, and love. In President trump we have a president we can trust, who works hard at making America greater. 212850 And who genuinely cares about people. If I apply this test to Joe Biden, I can't say yes to any of these three questions. I used to ask our athletes at notre dame "if you did not show up, who would miss you and why?" Can you imagine what would happen to us if president trump had not shown up in 2016 to run for president? I'm so glad he showed up. 212919 Thank you for showing up, Mr. President. I encourage everyone who loves this country, who loves America, to show up in November for President Trump. Thank you. MICHAEL MCHALE 212938 MCHALE>> Hi, I'm Michael McHale, but my friends call me "Mick." I'm a 30 active duty member of law enforcement in the state of Florida. I am also the president of the national association of police organizations, NAPO. Our organization recently endorsed Donald Trump for re-election as President of the United States. Our endorsement recognized his strong support for the men and women on the front lines, particularly during these challenging times. 213010 We value his support of aggressive prosecution of those who attack our police officers. His signing of the law enforcement mental health and wellness act and his support for permanently authorizing funds to support 9/11 first responders and their families. Law enforcement officers across the nation take an oath to run towards danger when everyone else is running away. They do so willingly to protect our families and communities. 213046 I'm proud that the overwhelming majority of American police officers are the best of the best and put their lives on the line without hesitation. And good officers need to know their elected leaders, and the department brass, have their backs. Unfortunately, chaos results when failed officials in cities like Portland, Minneapolis, Chicago, and New York make the conscious decision not to support law enforcement. 213120 Shootings, murders, looting, rioting occur unabated. The violence and bloodshed we are seeing in these and other cities isn't happening by chance. 213132 It's the direct result of refusing to allow law enforcement to protect our communities. Joe Biden has turned his candidacy over to the far Left, anti-law enforcement radicals. And as a Senator, Kamala Harris pushed to further restrict police, cut their training, and make our American communities and streets even more dangerous than they already are. 213202 Conversely, President Trump supports the creation of a national standard for training on deescalation and communication to give officers more tools to resolve conflict without violence. The differences between Trump-Pence and Biden-Harris are crystal clear. Your choices are the most pro law enforcement president we've ever had, or the most radical anti-police ticket in history. 213239 We invite those who value the safety of their family and loved ones to join the hundreds of thousands of members of the national association of police organizations and support the re-election of president Donald J. Trump. Thank you and god bless America. ELISE STEFANIK 213315 STEFANIK>> I'm Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, and I'm honored to represent New York's 21st Congressional District, the cradle of the American revolution. It's where, almost 250 years ago, brave patriots fought in the battles of Saratoga to turn the tide of the revolutionary war. It's where, 40 years ago in Lake Placid, a team of amateur hockey players out hustled, outskated, and defeated the Soviet Union, stunning the world and giving up the unforgettable miracle on ice. 213349 And today, it's home to fort Drumm and the historic tenth mountain division, the most deployed unit in the U.S. army since 9/11, where I saw first hand president trump graciously thank and honor our men and women in uniform and sign the largest pay raise for our troops in a decade. 213406 Since our nation's founding generation after generation of everyday Americans served and sacrificed to preserve and strengthen the American dream. The vision of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and the idea that if you work hard and dream big, you can achieve anything you imagine. I believe in the American dream because I've lived it. Like millions of Americans, I grew up in a small business family where I learned the values of hard work and determination. 213441 I was the first person in my immediate family to graduate from college, ran for Congress to serve upstate New York, and am proudly the youngest Republican woman elected to Congress in history. I am honored to support President Trump for re-election because I know that he is the only candidate who will stand up for hard working families and protect the American dream for future generations. 213509 Since his first day in office, President Trump has fought tirelessly to deliver results for all Americans, despite the Democrats' baseless and illegal impeachment sham and the media's endless obsession with it. 213523 I was proud to lead the effort standing up for the constitution, President trump, and most importantly the American people. This attack was not just on the president. It was an attack on you, your voice and your vote. But the American people were not swayed by these partisan attacks. Our support for president trump is stronger than ever before. 213547 We know what's at stake in this historic election. Americans from all walks of life are unified in support of our president. It's why more Republican women than ever are running for office this year. We understand that this election is a choice between the far left democratic socialist agenda versus protecting and preserving the American dream. President Trump is working to safely reopen our main street economy. 213617 He understands that the engine of our country is fuelled by the ingenuity and determination of American workers, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. Joe Biden wants to keep them locked up in the basement and crush them with $4 trillion in new taxes. We face a critical choice. Joe Biden's far left failed policies of the past 47 years, or president Trump who will stand up for the American people and the constitution. 213649 I believe in the wisdom and spirit of the American people to elect the only candidate who is capable of protecting the American dream. President Donald J. Trump. Thank you to the north country for the opportunity to serve as your voice supporting his re-election. God bless the United States of America, the greatest country on Earth. MADISON CAWTHORN 213726 HAWTHORNE>> Good evening. I'm Madison Hawthorne, and I'm running to represent North Carolina's 11th Congressional District. This is a time of great adversity for our country, and I know something about adversity. At 18 years old, I was in a horrific car accident that's left me paralyzed from the waist down. Instantly, my hopes and dreams were seemingly destroyed. I was given a 1% chance of surviving. But thanks to the power of prayer, a very loving community and many skilled doctors, I made it. It took me over a year to recover. 213800 My first public outing in a wheelchair was to a professional baseball game. You know, before my accident I was 6'3". I stood out in a crowd. But as I wheeled through the stadium I felt invisible. At 20, I thought about giving up. However, I knew I could still make a difference. You know, my accident has given me new eyes to see and new ears to hear. God protected my mind and my ability to speak. So I say to people who feel forgotten, ignored and invisible, I see you. I hear you. 213835 At 20, I made a choice and 2020, our country has a choice. We can give up on the American idea or we can work together to make our imperfect union more perfect. I choose to fight for the future, to seize the high ground and retake the shining city on a hall. While the radical left wants to dismantle, defund and destroy, Republicans under president trump's leadership want to rebuild, restore and renew. 213905 I just turned 25. When I'm elected this November, I'll be the youngest member of Congress in over 200 years. And if you don't think young people can change the world, then you just don't know American history. George Washington was 21 when he received his first military commission. Abe Lincoln, 22, when he first ran for office. And my personal favorite, James Madison was just 25 years old when he signed the declaration of Independence. 213932 In times of peril, young people have stepped up and saved this country, abroad and at home. We held the line, scaled the cliffs, crossed oceans, liberated camps, and cracked codes. Yet today, political forces want to usher in the digital dark ages. A time of information without wisdom. And tribalism without truth. National leaders on the left have normalized emotion-based voting and radicalized identity politics that rejects Martin Luther King's dream. 214004 MLK's dream is our dream, for all Americans to be judged solely on their character. Millions of people risk their lives every year to come here, because they believe in the dream of MLK and the American dream. Join us as, we, the party of freedom, double down on ensuring the American dream for all people. We are committed to building a new town square. It welcomes all ideas and all people. 214031 Here we will have freedom of speech, not freedom from speech. To liberals, I say let's have a conversation. Be a true liberal, listen to other ideas and let the best one prevail. And to conservatives, I say let's define what we support and win the argument in areas like healthcare and on the environment. In this new town square, you don't have to apologize for your beliefs or cower to a mob. You can kneel before god but stand for our flag. 214103 The American idea my ancestors fought for during the revolutionary war, is just as exciting and revolutionary today as it was 250 years ago. I say to Americans who love our country, young and old, be a radical for freedom. Be a radical for liberty. 214123 [HAWTHORNE STANDS] And be a radical for our republic, for which I stand. One nation, under god, with liberty and justice for all. Thank you and may god bless America. JACK BREWER 214155 BREWER>> I'm Jack Brewer, a former 3 time NFL team captain, College professor, coach, husband, son and father. I'm also a lifelong Democrat, but I support Donald Trump. Let me be clear: I didn't come here for the popularity or the praise, the likes or the retweets. I'm here as a servant to god, a servant to the people of our nation and a servant to our president. 214223 I grew up in Grapevine, Texas, a town that my great grandfather was the first black man to settle, as a sharecropper in 1896. My early high school experience included fighting with skinheads and being the witness in an attempted murder trial after my friend shot a skinhead in self-defense. I remember my dad's bravery when he personally stood up against a KKK rally in my town. 214247 In my house, my father taught me to back down for no one. I know what racism looks like. I've seen it first hand. In America, it has no resemblance to president trump. And I'm fed up with the way he's portrayed in the media, who refuse to acknowledge what he's actually done for the Black community. 214306 It's confusing the minds of our innocent children. Before I left to come to deliver this message my energetic 8 year old son, Jackson, stopped me and said, "dad, can you please just tell everyone that all lives need to matter, and that god loves everyone?" In that moment, I realized that my 8-year-old had figured out what so many adults have seemed to forget. We are not as divided as our politics suggest. 214337 At some point for the sake of our children, the policies must take priority over the personalities. So because you have an issue with president trump's tone you are going to allow Biden and Harris to deny our underserved black and brown children school choice? Are we so offended by the president's campaign slogan, make America great again, we're going to ignore that Joe Biden and kamala Harris have collectively been responsible for locking up countless black men for nonviolent crimes. 214410 Are you going to allow the media to lie to you by falsely claiming that he said there are very fine white supremacists in Charlottesville? That's a lie. And ignore the so-called black lives matter organization that openly, on their website, calls for the destruction of the nuclear family. My fellow Americans, our families need each other. We need black fathers in the homes with their wives and children. The future of our communities depends on it. 214443 I'm blessed to be able to run inner city youth programs and to also teach in prisons across America. The inmates in my federal prison program literally receive days off their sentence just for attending my class. And that's thanks to President Donald J. Trump and his First Step Act. President Trump cared about these Americans and their families, even when so many others had left them behind and had written them off. I'm forever grateful for President Trump for that. He endures relentless attacks and so do many of us, like myself, who support him. 214519 But my mama always told me when the lord starts blessing, the devil starts messing. This convention marks a time to celebrate our history. Republicans are the party that freed the slaves and the party that put the first Black men and women in congress. It's the party of Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln. And now, Tim Scott and Donald Trump. Our president has made incredible strides to end mass incarceration and give unprecedented opportunities for Black [people], in America, to rise. 214554 America, let this election be a call for all god's people who are called by His name to humble ourselves and pray together, and to seek his face and to turn from our wicked ways. Then he will hear us from heaven and he will forgive our sins and he will heal our land. Amen, and god bless America. CHEN GUANGCHENG 214644 GUANGCHENG>> Greetings. My name is Chen Guangcheng. Standing up to tyranny is not easy. I know. When I spoke out against China's one child policy, and other injustices, I was prosecuted, beaten, sent to prison and put under house arrest by the Chinese communist party, the CCP. 214717 In April 2005 I escaped and was given shelter in the American embassy in beijing. I'm forever grateful to the American people for bringing me and my family to the United States where we are now free. CCP is an enemy of humanity. 214750 It is terrorizing its own people, and it is threatening the well being of the world. In China, expressing belief or ideas not approved by the CCP -- religion, democracy, human rights -- can lead to prison. 214818 The nation lies (?) under mass surveillance and censorship. The U.S. must use its values of freedom, democracy, and the role of law to gather a coalition of other democracies to stop CCP's aggression. President Trump has led on this, and we need the other countries to join him in this fight. 214856 A fight for our future. Standing up to fight and fairness isn't easy. I know. So does President Trump. But he has shown the courage to lead that fight. We need to support, vote, and fight for President Trump for the sake of the world. Thank you. LEE ZELDIN 214936 ZELDIN>> I'm congressman Lee zeldin. Tonight, as we celebrate America as a land of heros I'm here at a VFW post of heros in west Hampton beach, New York. I've seen amazing Americans in action, raised in a law enforcement family, deployed to Iraq as an 82nd airborne paratrooper and serving today in the army reserve. My generation, of post-9/11 veterans, has huge shoes to fill, following our greatest generation that fought tyranny, and saved the world. 215011 All over our country, everyday heroes serve and sacrifice for the greater good. Farmer, truckers, craftsmen, the heroes keep America running. Craftsmen and President trump fights for them every day. This year we have especially relied on one particular group of heroes, front line medical workers. My twin daughters, Michaela and Arianna, were born over 14 weeks early. They weighed just a pound and a half. At two weeks, Michaela went into septic shock, had a stroke, and underwent brain surgery leaving one-third of the left side of her brain a hole. 215054 Her doctors didn't believe Michaela would survive, fearing dire permanent consequences even if she did. Through the miracles of modern medicine, the power of prayer, and her will to live, my daughters are now starting high school and doing great, with no long-term effects from those frightful months in the NICU. So when I learned my county's PPE stockpile was depleted, I immediately thought of those healthcare workers who saved my baby girls. 215125 Jared Kushner and I were on the phone late into that Saturday night. The very next day, President Trump announced he was sending us 200,000 N-95 masks. He actually delivered almost 400,000. That number quickly grew to 1.2 million masks, gowns, and more. The President sent thousands of ventilators to New York. He deployed the USS Comfort and converted the Javits center to a field hospital. 215156 His administration authorized our lab testing requests at blinding speed. During a once in a century pandemic, an unforeseeable crisis sent to us from a far away land, the president's effort for New York was phenomenal. 215214 For our nation to emerge even stronger, more prosperous, freer, and more secure than ever; to make our country greater than ever before, we must re-elect president trump. We are the land of the free because of the brave. And we are the land of opportunity because we have a president who wants to empower the best of who we are to be the best of what we can be. 215241 There's never been a nation greater than ours. Never a people more resilient than ours. And never a future for America more promising than ours right now. Keeping America great is up to us. And losing is not an option. [RNC VIDEO] 215305 >> And I'm very proud, very proud to have President Trump in office here, because he's the best we've ever had. He's done the most for any president ever done. >> He's always there trying to take care of veterans, giving veterans what they need. >> The turnaround times have increased since Trump has taken over. >> You had to fight 15 years for benefits. But once he came into office, you had like 90 days, you turned your paperwork in, at least you had some kind of answer. 215330 >> I waited months for a signature on a piece of paper to get a prosthetic leg fixed. Now it's an a lot better turn around, but before it was a five-year waiting process to appeal. How long do we have to wait for benefits? 215344 >> I waited 20 years to file, rapidly was approved for medical, and then right -- turned right around and got disability. I was thinking it was going to be several years worth of waiting to hear. >> He's accomplished a lot in 3 1/2 years. And it helps the American people, and he has done a lot for veterans, for the middle class. >> I chose to serve my country. If I could do it, I would do it all over again, especially for this president. I mean, he's the kind of president you'd run through a brick wall if he asked you to. 215415 >> Went through many presidents but this one I can say is the best president we've ever had and ever will have, I believe. JONI ERNST 215434 ERNST>> Hello, everyone, and thank you for inviting me into your home this evening. It's truly a privilege. My name is Joni Ersnt. I was raised on a small family farm here in Iowa where I learned the importance of faith, hard work, and service. I worked my way through college, then dedicated my life to serving my country, as a local official, a battalion commander in the military, and as a U.S. Senator. Service, it's more than a word to me. It's a mission, a way of life. It's what brought me to cedar Rapids, Iowa in 2008 when I was in the National Guard. 215515 We saw historic floods that swept through the communities. We lent a helping hand to our fellow Iowans who were literally under water. We thought we had seen the worst, but 12 years later, these same communities have faced an even more devastating disaster, the recent Derecho storm. If you don't live in Iowa, you may not have heard much about it at first. While reporters here in the state were in the trenches covering the equivalent of a category 2 hurricane, most of the national media looked the other way. 215552 To them, Iowa is still just flyover country. Houses, farms were destroyed. About one third of our crops here were damaged. In some cases, these storms wiped out a lifetime of work. And yet, Iowa farmers didn't hesitate to grab their chainsaws and check on their neighbors. Our farmers live every day with that sense of service. The stewards of the land. The ones who feed and fuel the world. 215623 President trump quickly signed an emergency declaration for Iowa to provide relief. And of course when president trump came to Cedar Rapids, the national media finally did too. For years I've worked closely with the president for farmers in Iowa and across the country. We scrapped Obama and Biden's punishing waters of the United States rule which would have regulated about 97% of land in Iowa. 215652 In some cases, even puddles. It would have been a nightmare for farmers. The President delivered on major trade deals with Japan, and the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement. And he implemented the sale of E-15 fuel, year-round. That means more choices for you at the pump, and more jobs for farmers in the heartland. This is something the Obama-Biden administration failed to do in eight years. In fact, I can't recall an administration more hostile to farmers than Obama-Biden, unless you count the Biden-Harris ticket. 215731 The democratic party of Joe Biden is pushing this so-called green new deal. If given power, they would essentially ban animal agriculture and eliminate gas-powered cars. It would destroy the agriculture industry, not just here in Iowa, but throughout the country . When the pandemic hit president trump heard us and our call for assistance for our farmers. 215755 Knowing we have an ally in the white house is important. Folks, this election is a choice between two very different paths. Freedom, prosperity, and economic growth under a trump-pence administration. Or the biden-harris path, paved by liberal, coastal elites and radical environmentalists. And America, where farmers are punished, jobs are destroyed, and taxes crush the middle class. 215827 That is our choice and it's a clear one. Thank you. And god bless. BURGESS OWENS 215840 OWENS>> Ladies and gentlemen, I'm Burgess Owens. Shackled in the belly of a slave ship, an 8-year-old boy named (?) Burgess came to America to be sold on an auction block. By the grace of god and the courage of slaves who believed in freedom, (?) escaped through the underground railroad and settled in the great state of Texas. He wanted to become a successful entrepreneur. He built his community's first church, first elementary school, and purchased 102 acres of farmland which he paid off in two years. 215911 I'm here today, a candidate for Congress, because my great, great grandfather Salas Burgess. I was raised in the South during the days of Jim Crow and the KKK. He went through the challenges of segregation. We were taught that anything is possible in America. When I was 22 years old, I thought all my dreams would come true when I was drafted by the New York Jets. 10 years later, with a pro-Bowl nod and a Super Bowl championship under my belt, I left the NFL to start a business. 215941 I thought I could never fail, but years later, I did and I lost everything. As I moved my family of 6 into a one-bedroom, basement apartment in Brooklyn, New York, I had a choice to make: feel sorry for myself or get to work. I worked as a chimney sweep during the day and a security guard at night. It was humbling to be recognized cleaning a chimney by someone who has cheered me as an NFL fan but those hard days would pay off. Eventually, I started a career -- a rewarding career in the corporate world. 220013 We live in a country where we are encouraged to dream big. Second chances are at the core of our American DNA. We don't hear that same message from Nancy Pelosi's congress, career politicians, elitists and even a former bartender who want us to believe it's impossible. They want us to believe what I did, what my great-great grandfather did is impossible for ordinary americans. As patriots, we know better. This November we stand at a crossroads. Mobs torch our cities while popular members of congress promotes the same socialism that my father fought against in world war II. We have a democratic candidate for president who says that I'm not black if I don't vote for him. 220055 Now, more than ever, we need leaders who stand by their principles and won't compromise their values for political opportunities. Now, more than ever, we need leaders who will stand up to the lawlessness supported by the radical left. This November, we have an opportunity to reject the mob mentality, and once again be the America that my great-great grandfather believed in. During the Trump administration, business ownership among blacks, hispanics, and females have reached all time highs. 220125 Those same groups enjoyed record low unemployment and unprecedented prosperity. And we're just getting started. I ran for congress because we don't need more career politicians. We need a few more chimney sweeps. We need more leaders like president Trump, who understands the freedoms that make up the fabric of America. My fellow Americans, specifically my Democrat and Independent friends, it is now time for us to unite and put aside partisan barriers. Help us win back the House, keep the Senate, and give our president 4 more years. 220201 And I promise you, we will make you proud. Thank you, and God bless the United States of America. [RNC VIDEO] 220216 VO>> Standing guard over Baltimore Harbor is the remains of an Earthen star. A relic of time passed. It recalls a time when the spirit of liberty stirred in men of renown, who stood in the gap against the most powerful force in the world. 27 hours. One thousand men, low on ammunition, firing scrap metal. The battle raged. 220242 Insurmountable odds. A darkness fell upon this new nation. In the midst of the fight, the heroes of Fort McHenry were unmoved. The light of dawn overcame the darkness. The gallant flag hoisted above Fort McHenry, torn and battered, stood, victoriously observing a dejected enemy slowly retreating into the rising sun, inspiring the anthem of our nation. 220313 The spirit of Liberty, not to be denied. The Earthen star, Fort McHenry, a reminder of those brave patriots who having done all, stood and prevailed. It is why we stand today, honoring past present and future generations of freedom loving Americans when we hear the anthem and raise the star spangled banner. LARA TRUMP 220347 LARA TRUMP>> Good evening, America. I'm Lara Trump, daughter of Bob and Linda (?), sister to Kyle, mother to Luke and Carolina and the daughter-in-law of our 45th president, Donald J. Trump. But tonight I come to you simply as an American. My life began like many in our country. I grew up in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. My parents were small business owners and worked hard to make sure that my brother and I had everything we needed but not everything we wanted. 220419 My parents raised me to believe that in America I could achieve anything with hard work and determination. The opportunities available to me were limited only by the size of my ambition. That I should dream big and I did. Those very dreams are what led me to New York City. I heard the adage, if I can make it there, I can make it anywhere and I intended to do just that. Never in a million years did I think I would be on this stage tonight and certainly never thought I would end up with the last name "Trump." 220453 My seventh grade English teacher, Mrs. B, used to tell us, believe none of what you hear, half of what you read, and only what you're there to witness first hand. The meaning of those words never fully weighed on me until I met my husband and the Trump family. Any preconceived notion I had of this family disappeared immediately. They were warm and caring. They were hard workers. And they were down to Earth. They reminded me of my own family. They made me feel like I was home. Walking the halls of the Trump organization, I saw the same family environment. 220530 I also saw the countless women executives who thrived there year after year. Gender didn't matter. What mattered was the ability to get the job done. I learned this directly when, in 2016, my father-in-law asked me to help him win my cherished home state and my daughter's namesake, North Carolina. Though I had no political experience, he believed in me. He knew I was capable even if I didn't. 220558 So it didn't surprise me when president Donald Trump appointed so many women to senior level positions in his administration -- Secretary of the United Nations, secretary of the air force, the first female CIA director, the first black female director of the fish and wildlife service and countless ambassadors just to name a few. Under President Trump's leadership, women's unemployment hit the lowest level since World War II. 220624 4.3 million new jobs have been created for women. In 2019 alone, women took over 70% of all new jobs. Female small business ownership remains at an all-time high, and 600,000 women have been lifted out of poverty, all since President Trump took office. 220643 He didn't do these things to gain a vote or check a box. He did them because they're the right things to do. 100 years ago today, the 19th amendment was ratified, granting the right to vote to every American woman. And since that day, incredible strides have been made by women in America. From Amelia Erhardt to Rosa parks and Sally Ride, women shaped our history and are part of what has made our country the most exceptional nation in the world. 220714 I often think back to my 24-year-old self driving alone in my car from North Carolina to New York City. And I think about what I'd tell myself now as we head towards the most critical election in modern history. This is not just a choice between Republican and Democrat or left and right. This is an election that will decide if we keep America America or if we head down an uncharted frightening path to socialism. 220743 Abraham Lincoln once famously said, "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." While those words were spoken over 150 years ago, never have they been more relevant. Will we choose the right path and maintain the unique freedoms and boundless opportunities that make this country the greatest in the history of the world? 220811 Will we remain the beacon of hope for those around the world fighting oppression, communism, and tyranny? The choice is ours. I know the promise of America, because I've lived it. Not just as a member of the Trump family, but as a woman who knows what it's like to work in blue collar jobs, to serve customers for tips, and to aspire to rise. When I look at my son Luke and my daughter Carolina, I wonder, what sort of country will I be leaving for them, for our future generations? 220843 In recent months, we've seen weak, spineless politicians seek control of our great American cities to violent mobs. Defund the police is the rallying cry for the new radical Democrat party. 220857 Joe Biden will not do what it takes to maintain order, to keep our children safe in our neighborhoods and in their schools, to restore our American way of life. We cannot dare to dream our biggest dreams for ourselves or for our children while consumed by worry about the safety of our families. President Trump is the law and order president, from our borders to our backyards. President Trump will keep America safe. President Trump will keep America prosperous. 220927 President Trump will keep America America. If you're watching tonight and wrestling with your vote on November 3, I implore you, tune out the distorted news and bias commentary and hear it straight from someone who knows. I wasn't born a trump. I'm from the south, I was raised a Carolina girl. I went to public schools and worked my way through a state university. Mrs. B from my seventh grade English class was right. 220957 What I learned about our president is different than what you might have heard. I learned that he's a good man. That he loves his family. That he didn't need this job. That no one on Earth works harder for the American people. That he's willing to fight for his beliefs and for the people and the country that he loves. 221018 He's a person of conviction. He's a fighter and will never stop fighting for America. He will uphold our values. He will preserve our families and he will build upon the great American edict that our union will never be perfect until opportunity is equal for all, including and especially for women. 221040 Our 40th president, Ronald Reagan, said it best: "The dreams of people may differ, but everybody wants their dreams to come true." And America, above all places, gives us the freedom to do that. It's up to us to keep this country a place where no dream is out of reach for our children and generations beyond. To my father-in-law, thank you for believing in me. 221105 Thank you for bravely leading this country and thank you for continuing to fight every day for America. May god bless and protect the Gulf states in the path of the hurricane. May god bless our troops, and may god continue to bless this incredible country. SAM VIGIL 221140 VIGIL>> Good evening. My name is Sam Vigil. There is a hole in my heart since my beloved Jackie was taken from me. This is her story. There were two things that Jackie loved to do every day. One was to go to the gym and tweet out bible verses and prayers to her friends. On November 19, the tweets stopped. That day started out like any other day. She left for the gym early in the morning. I heard the garage door open. Seconds later, I heard the car horn. 221212 I went outside to see if she had forgotten something. What I saw was a jeep blocking her car in the driveway. I noticed the bullet hole in Jackie's window. I saw someone jumping into the jeep and speeding away. Jackie had just been shot and killed in cold blood. We think this was a carjacking gone wrong. Very wrong. Every time I open the garage door or stand in the driveway, I hear that horn. I see her slumped in the seat. 221243 Where -- when I go to bed at night, that sound and image haunt me. That is my life sentence. It's a sentence being served by too many families left behind by senseless killings. Albuquerque, where I live, is one of the most violent cities in the country. 221303 Fewer than 50% of homicides are solved. It is a sad irony that Jackie immigrated to the U.S. for a better life than her native Columbia only to be gunned down in her own driveway. For eight months, there were no arrests no leads in connection with Jackie's murder. The Albuquerque police were overwhelmed. They needed help. Help arrived when president trump launched operation legend in July of this year. Almost immediately the FBI took over Jackie's case. In a matter of days, they arrested four people. 221341 The fifth suspect killer was arrested in Texas on unrelated charges. He is an illegal immigrant with a long criminal record. He had been deported in September and had come back in October to terrorize our community. I am extremely grateful to President Trump and the FBI for their efforts to deliver justice for Jackie and all the other innocent victims of violent crime. I'm honored to support the president because he is supporting us. I know he will never stop fighting for justice, for law and order. for peace, security, and our communities. CLARENCE HENDERSON 211424 CLARENCE HENDERSON>> Greetings, my fellow Americans. I am Clarence Henderson. There's been movements that have changed the course of history. Among the most extraordinary was the civil rights movement. 60 years ago, segregation was legal and enforced. The simple act of sitting at a lunch counter could lead to physical harm, jail time or worse. 221449 I know from personal experience. Walking into Woolworth's Department Store on Fairway and Second, 1960, I knew it was unlike any day I'd experienced before. My friends had been denied service the day before because of the color of their skin. We knew it wasn't right. But when we went back the next day, I didn't know whether I was going to come out in a vertical or prone position, in handcuffs or on a stretcher or even in a body bag. 221524 By sitting down to order a cup of coffee, we challenged injustice. We knew it was necessary, but we didn't know what would happen. We faced down the KKK. We were cursed at and called all kinds of names. They threatened to kill us and some of us were arrested, but it was worth it. 221548 Our actions inspired similar protests throughout the south against racial injustice. And in the end, segregation was abolished and our country moved a step closer to true equality for all. That's what actual peaceful protest can accomplish. America isn't perfect. We're always improving. But the great thing about this country is that it's not where you come from. It's where you're going. 221616 I was born on what some would call the wrong side of the tracks. I don't even have a birth certificate. I never attended an integrated school. And I'm the only one out of my immediate family who graduated from college, an hbcu. I'm a military veteran and a civil rights activist. And you know what else? I'm a Republican. And I support Donald Trump. If that sounds strange, you don't know your history. It was a Republican party that passed the 13th amendment, abolishing slavery. 221654 It was the Republican Party that passed the 14th Amendment, giving Black men citizenship. It was the Republican party that passed the 15th amendment, giving Black men the right to vote. Freedom of thought is a powerful thing. There are Americans, voters all over the country who media is trying to convince to conform to the same old Democratic talking points. You know what that will get you? The same old results. Joe Biden had the audacity to say if you don't vote for him, you ain't Black. Well, to that I say: if you do vote for Biden, you don't know history. 221733 Donald Trump is not a politician. He's a leader. Politicians are a dime a dozen. Leaders are priceless. The record funding Trump gave HBCUs is priceless, too. So are the record number of jobs he created for the black community and the investment he drove into our neighborhoods with tax incentives and opportunity Zones. And so are the lives he restored by passing criminal justice reform where 91% of the inmates released are black. 221807 These achievements demonstrate that Donald Trump truly cares about black lives. His policies show his heart. He's done more for black Americans in four years than Joe Biden has done in 50. Donald Trump is offering real and lasting change, an unprecedented opportunity to rise. A country that embraces the spirit of the civil rights movement of the 60s. 221835 A place where people are judged by the content of their character, their talents and abilities, not by the color of their skin. This is the America I was fighting for 60 years ago. this is the America Donald Trump is fighting for today. Let's all join in this fight for re-electing president trump on November 3. Thank you. RICHARD GRENELL 221904 GRENELL>> During the presidential debates four years ago, one outsider stood alone and said in public what most Americans thought in private. It was 14 years after the start of the war in Afghanistan and 12 years after the invasion of Iraq, where thousands of American troops had died and trillions in taxpayer dollars had been spent. And yet no candidate could bring themselves to admit that something had gone badly wrong with American foreign policy. 221935 But the American voter, the American soldier and the American taxpayer had always been let down. Except for one, Donald Trump. He called America's endless wars what they were -- a disaster. The media was shocked because Donald Trump was running as a Republican. And yet, he said out loud what we all knew, that American foreign policy was failing to make Americans safer. 222009 After the end of the cold war, Democrats and Republicans in Washington bought into the illusion that the whole world would start to resemble America, and so they started to pursue unlimited globalization. They welcomed China into the World Trade Organization. They engaged in nation building in Afghanistan, and tried to export democracy to Iraq. 222034 They signed a nuclear deal with Iran and a global climate agreement in Paris. But they didn't ground any of it in the interests of the average American. So for decades while Washington politicians built a global system, American wages stagnated. Our great cities and industries were hollowed out. Entire communities were devastated. 222059 And our manufacturing plants were shipped off to China. That's what happened when Washington stopped being the capitol of the United States and started being the capitol of the world. As the U.S. Ambassador to Germany, I had a front row seat to Donald Trump's America first foreign policy. I wish American could see how president trump negotiates on their behalf. 222126 I've watched President Trump charm the chancellor of Germany while insisting that Germany pay its NATO obligations. I was proud to witness President Trump say to foreign leaders, I don't blame you for wanting America to pay for your security. I actually respect you for out- negotiating the presidents before me. But it stops with me. I won't let the American taxpayer be taken advantage of. Donald Trump's administration has always made clear that our priority is the American people's security. 222203 That's the job of all leaders, to put their people first. And we've seen how this strategy has succeeded. In four short years, Donald Trump has led even some Washington Democrats to agree on the Chinese threat, on trade deals that benefit America first, on alliances that share responsibility. In four years, Donald Trump didn't start any new wars. He brought troops home. 222231 He rebuilt the military and signed peace deals that make Americans safer. The Washington elites want you to think this kind of foreign policy is immoral. And so they call it nationalist. That tells you all you need to know. The DC crowd thinks when they call Donald trump a nationalist, they're insulting him. As if the American president isn't supposed to base foreign policy on America's national interests. 222301 A return to the Biden way of thinking means America gives the radical terrorist regime in Tehran a planeload of cash in the middle of the night. Well you see, president trump also sent an aircraft in the middle of the night to deal with Iran. But that plane was on a different mission. An air strike to take out the head of Iran's terror machine who plotted the deaths of Americans. 222327 But we also must be clear that when those who seek freedom take tremendous personal risk in places like Hong Kong, Tehran or Minsk there's no doubt who president trump's administration supports. We will always stand with the people the who fight for their god-given freedoms. Don't be fooled. The Washington establishment is trying to sell you on their candidate. 222358 Joe Biden was first elected to the Senate in 1972, 48 years ago. Well, it's actually the typical Washington story. Just this year, 22 Democrats ran for President. They rejected all of the outsiders and nominated the ultimate Washington insider, someone that they had to pull out of retirement. 222424 Every time Joe Biden offers a new idea, you should ask yourself: why didn't he try that over the last 48 years? Today, the Democrats blame a global pandemic that started in China on President Trump, and they still blame Russia for Hillary Clinton's loss in 19-- in 2016. As acting director of national intelligence, I saw the Democrats' entire case for Russian collusion. 222451 And what I saw made me sick to my stomach. The Obama-Biden administration secretly launched a surveillance operation on the Trump campaign and silenced the many brave intelligence officials who spoke up against it. They presented bogus information as facts. They lied to judges, then they classified anything that undermined their case. And after Donald Trump won the election, when they should have continued the American tradition of helping the President-Elect transition into the White House, they tried instead to undercut him even more. 222533 Former vice president Joe Biden asked intelligence officials to uncover the hidden information on President Trump's incoming national security adviser three weeks before the inauguration. That's the Democrats. Between surveillance, classifications, leaks and puppet candidates, they never want the American people to know who is actually calling the shots. 222557 But with Donald Trump, you always know exactly who is in charge. Because the answer is you. You're in charge. Not lobbyists, not special interests. Not warmongers or China sympathizers or globalization fanatics. With Donald Trump and Mike Pence in the white house, the boss is the American people. President Trump rightly calls his foreign policy "America first." 222630 America first does not advance the interests of one group of Americans at the expense of another. It has no bias about red or blue, educated or not educated, urban or rural. America first is simply the belief that politicians should focus on the equality and dignity of every American. And that this duty is fulfilled by promoting the safety and wealth of the American people above all else. That's America first. That's the trump doctrine and that, my friends, is four more years. [RNC VIDEO] 222724 VO>> By dawn's early light, millions of Americans give thanks for this land, our liberties and those who defend it. That same pride inspired the words of our National Anthem, penned here as the smoke of battle lifted over two centuries ago. When those American soldiers bravely fought and died, repelling the British onslaught, they did so not only for our people which that flag represented, but for our principles for which the flag stood. 222754 Our god-given freedoms, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, equality under the law, government by the people. These are the threads that bind us together as Americans. For we're not a nation born of blood, but of belief. 222813 And even though that old flag has sometimes been battered and beaten, faded and forgotten, fired upon and set ablaze, there are heroes throughout our history who have picked up those tattered strands, mended them, and raised our flag anew. 222830 Just as the soldiers at Fort McHenry fought in defense of the beliefs that bind us today, there are new leaders who have devoted their life to do the same. 222846 MIKE PENCE (ON VIDEO)>> Greetings across the amber waves of grain, this is Mike pence. VO>> Across Indiana highways and homes, his voice warmly welcomed hoosiers each morning. Mike Pence filled the radio waves with conservative commentary, guarding our American ideals. But much like the man who inspired him, Mike didn't grow up a Republican. 222907 MIKE PENCE (VO)>> As president Reagan said, freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. >> His grandfather was a hard-working Irish immigrant who drove a bus to provide for his family. His father served our nation bravely in the Korean war and earned a bronze star. Mike was the third of six children raised here in Columbus, Indiana, with a cornfield in his backyard. 222930 MIKE PENCE (ON VIDEO)>> The foundation of America is freedom, and the foundation of freedom is faith. VO>> It was in this small Indiana town, his foundation of faith in Jesus Christ was laid. And from that conviction, sprung his love of people and service to others. It was at a church service where Mike met the love of his life, Karen. They married and have three children, Michael, Charlotte, and Audrey. MIKE PENCE (ON VIDEO)>> I'm a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order. 223000 VO>> Mike became the President of Free-Market Think Tank, the host of a statewide conservative radio show, and then a Congressman. In Washington, Mike quickly became known as a foremost defender of freedom. He led conservatives in the fight to protect our time-honored values of family, faith, life, liberty, and limited government. 223023 MIKE PENCE (ON VIDEO)>> Our nation's strength begins at homes, because strong families make a strong America. VO>> Mike earned the trust of the people of his state, and became the 50th governor of Indiana. He delivered the largest state tax cut in Indiana history, expanded school choice, led the country in manufacturing, and helped more hoosiers get to work than ever before, but he wasn't through. 223045 DAVID MUIR (ON VIDEO)>> ABC news has learned that Donald Trump will choose Indiana governor Mike pence to be his running mate. TRUMP (ON VIDEO)>> I would like to introduce a man who I truly believe will be the next vice president of the United States. Governor Mike pence. 223102 VO>> As our vice president, Mike Pence has held tightly to those threads of freedom, woven through our history. Leading with those principles alongside president trump, our nation experienced prosperity like never before. TRUMP (ON VIDEO)>> He is solid as a rock. He's been a fantastic vice president. 223120 VO>> And now in these uncertain days, we are equipped to overcome. In times of trouble, some call to retreat from those ideals. But Americans throughout history have lifted them in triumph, hope, and resilience. Mike pence knows those stars and stripes do not merely represent who we are, but more importantly, what we can be. 223147 As the sun rises again on America, we lift our eyes to those lofty truths, to guide our country and every one of us to greater heights. In this land of the free and home of the brave. Vice president Mike pence. 223227 [MIKE AND KAREN PENCE ENTER] 223227 >> Please welcome the vice president of the United States, Mike Pence. Accompanied by the second lady, Mrs. Karen Pence. MIKE PENCE 223327 [CROWD CHANTS "FOUR MORE YEARS] 223336 MIKE PENE>> Good evening, America. It's an honor to speak to you tonight from the hallowed grounds of Fort McHenry. The site of the very battle that inspired the words of our national anthem. Those words have inspired this land of heroes in every generation since. It was on this site 206 years ago when our young republic heroically withstood a ferocious naval bombardment from the most powerful empire on Earth. 223409 They came to crush our revolution, to divide our nation, and to end the American experiment. The heroes who held this fort took their stand for life, liberty, freedom and the American flag, and those ideals have defined our nation. 223434 But they were hardly ever mentioned at last week's Democratic national convention. Instead Democrats spent four days attacking America. Joe Biden said that we were living through a season of darkness. But as president trump said, where Joe Biden sees American darkness, we see American greatness. 223512 In these challenging times, our country needs a president who believes in America, who believes in the boundless capacity of the American people, to meet any challenge, defeat any foe, and defend the freedoms we hold dear. America needs four more years of president Donald Trump in the white house. 223540 Before I go forward, allow me to say a word to the families and communities in the path of Hurricane Laura. Our prayers are with you tonight, and our administration is working closely with authorities in the states that will be impacted. FEMA has mobilized resources and supplies for those in harm's way. This is a serious storm and we urge all of those in the affected areas to heed state and local authorities, stay safe and know that we'll be with you every step of the way, to support, rescue, respond, and recover in the days and weeks ahead. 223618 That's what Americans do. [ Applause ] Four years ago I answered the call to join this ticket because I knew that Donald Trump had the leadership and the vision to make America great again. And for the last four years I've watched this president endure unrelenting attacks but get up every day and fight to keep the promises that he made to the American people. 223652 So, with gratitude for the confidence president Donald Trump has placed in me, the support of our Republican party and the grace of god, I humbly accept your nomination to run and serve as Vice President of the United States. [applause/cheers] 223737 [crowd chants "FOUR MORE YEARS] 223740 Serving the American people in this office has been a journey I never expected. It's a journey that would not have been possible without the support of my family, beginning with my wonderful wife Karen. [ Applause ] 223801 She's a life-long school teacher, an incredible mother to our 3 children. And she's one outstanding second lady of the United States. I'm so proud of you. [ Applause ] And we couldn't be more proud of our three children: Marine Corps captain, Michael J. Pence, and his wife Sara. 223827 Our daughter Charlotte pence Bond, an author and wife to lieutenant Henry Bond who is currently deployed and serving our nation in the United States Navy. [ Applause ] 223845 And our youngest, a recent law school grad, our daughter Audrey and her fiance who like so many other Americans had to delay their wedding this summer. But we can't wait for Dan to be a part of our family. [ Applause ] In addition, my wife and kids, the person who's shaped my life the most is also with us tonight. 223916 My mom, Nancy. [ Applause ] She is the daughter of an irish immigrant, 87 years young. Mom follows politics very closely. And the truth be told, sometimes I think I'm actually her second favorite candidate on the trump/pence ticket. 223947 Thank you, Mom. I love you. Over the past 4 years, I've had the privilege to work closely with our President. I've seen him when the cameras are off. Americans see President Trump is lots if different ways. But there's not doubt how President Trump sees America. 224012 He sees America for what it is: a nation that has done more good in this world than any other, a nation that deserves far more gratitude than grievance. And if you want a president who falls silent when our heritage is demeaned or insulted, he's not your man. [ Applause ] 224041 Now we came by very different routes to this partnership, and some people think we're a little bit different. But you know, I've learned a few things watching him. Watching him deal with all that we've been through over the past four years. He does things in his own way, on his own terms. 224103 Not much gets past him, and when he has an opinion, he's liable to share it. [laughter] He's certainly kept things interesting. But more importantly, president Donald Trump has kept his word to the American people. [ Applause ] 224130 In a city known for talkers, President Trump is a doer. And few presidents have brought more Independence, energy or determination to that office. Four years ago, we inherited a military hollowed out by devastating budget cuts, an economy struggling to break out of the slowest recovery since the great depression. ISIS controlled a land mass twice the size of Pennsylvania, and we witnessed a steady assault on our most cherished values -- freedom of religion and the right to life. That's when president Donald Trump stepped in. 224211 And from day one, he kept his word. We rebuilt our military. [ Applause ] This president signed the largest increase in our national defense since the days of Ronald Reagan and created the first new branch of our armed forces in 70 years, the United States space force. [ Cheers and applause ] 224241 And with that renewed energy, we also returned American astronauts to space on an American rocket for the first time in nearly 10 years. And after years of scandal that robbed our veterans of the care that you earned in the uniform of the United States, president trump kept his word again. We reformed the va and veterans choice is now available for every veteran in America. [ Applause ] 224319 Our armed forces and our veterans fill this land of heroes, and many join us tonight in this historic fort. Tonight, we have among us four recipients of the medal of honor, [ Applause ] six recipients of the purple heart, [ Applause ] a gold star mother of a gallant Navy S.E.A.L. [ Applause ] and wounded warriors from Soldiers Strong, a group that serves our injured veterans every day. 224401 We are honored by your presence and we thank you for your service. [ Applause ] 224429 With heroes just like these, we defend this nation every day. And under this commander in chief, we've taken the fight to radical islamic terrorists on our terms on their soil. Last year, American armed forces took the last inch of ISIS territory, crushed their caliphate and took down their leader without one American causality. [ Applause ] 224457 And I was there when president trump gave the order to take out the world's most dangerous terrorist, Iran's top general will never harm another American because qassem soleimani is gone. [ Cheers and applause ] 224518 My fellow Americans, you deserve to know, Joe Biden criticized President Trump following those decisions, decisions to rid the world of two terrorist leaders. But it's not surprising, because history records that Joe Biden even opposed the operation that took down Osama bin Laden. It's no wonder that the secretary of the defense under the Obama/Biden administration once said that Joe Biden has been, and I quote, "wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades." 224602 So we've stood up to our enemies and we've stood with our allies, like when President Trump kept his word and moved the American Embassy to Jerusalem, [cheers/applause] the capital of the state of Israel, setting the stage for the first Arab country to recognize Israel in 26 years. [ Applause ] 224628 Closer to home, we appointed more than 200 conservative judges to our federal courts. We supported the right to life and all the god given liberties enshrined in our constitution, including the second amendment, right to keep and bear arms. [applause] And when it came to the economy, President Trump kept his word and then some. We passed the largest tax cut and reform in American history. 224655 We rolled back more federal red tape than any administration ever had. We unleashed American energy and fought for free and fair trade. And in our first three years, businesses large and small created more than 7 million good-paying jobs, including 500,000 manufacturing jobs all across America. [ Applause ] 224722 Our country became a net exporter of energy for the first time in 70 years. Unemployment rates for African-Americans and hispanic Americans hit the lowest level ever recorded. 224733 And on this 100th anniversary of the women's right to vote, I'm proud to report that under President Donald Trump, we achieved the lowest unemployment rate for women in 65 years. [ Applause ] And more Americans working than ever before. In our first three years, we built the greatest economy in the world. We made America great again. [ Applause ] 224807 And then, the coronavirus struck from China. Before the first case of the coronavirus spread within the United States, the President took unprecedented action and suspended all travel from China, the second largest economy in the world. Now, that action saved untold American lives, and I can tell you firsthand, it bought us invaluable time to launch the greatest national mobilization since World War II. 224841 President Trump marshalled the full resources of our federal government from the outset. He directed us to forge a seamless partnership with governors across America, in both political parties. We partnered with private industry to reinvent testing and produce supplies that we -- that were distributed to hospitals around the land. 224905 Today we're conducting more than 800,000 tests a day and we have coordinated the delivery of billions of pieces of personal protective equipment for our amazing doctors, nurses and health care workers. [ Applause ] We saw to the manufacture of 100,000 ventilators in 100 days and no one who required a ventilator was ever denied a ventilator in the United States. [ Applause ] 224945 We built hospitals, surged military medical personnel, and enacted an economic rescue package that saved 50 million American jobs. And as we speak, we're developing a growing number of treatments known as therapeutics, including convalescent plasma that are saving lives all across America. Now, last week, Joe Biden said that no miracle is coming. 225015 Well, what Joe doesn't seem to understand is that America is a nation of miracles. [ Applause ] And I'm proud to report that we're on track to have the world's first safe, effective coronavirus vaccine by the end of this year. [ Applause ] 225042 After all the sacrifice in this year like no other, all the hardship, we're finding our way forward again. But tonight, our hearts are with all of the families who have lost loved ones and have family members still struggling with serious illness. In this country, we mourn with those who mourn, we grieve with those who grieve. And this night, I know that millions of Americans will pause and pray for god's comfort for each of you. 225123 You know, our country doesn't get through such a time unless its people find strength within. The response of doctors, nurses, first responders, farmers, factory workers, truckers and everyday Americans who put the health and safety of their neighbors first has been nothing short of heroic. [ Applause ] 225154 Veronica Saez put on her scrubs every day, day in and day out went to work in one of New York City's busiest hospitals. She stayed on the job, put in the long hours until it was done and then got back in her neighborhood and helped neighbors and friends struggling. Her brother William is a New York City firefighter and they're both emblematic of heroes all across this country. 225231 They're with us tonight, and I say to them and to all of you: you have earned the admiration of the American people, and we will always be grateful for your service and care. [applause] 225309 Thanks to the courage and compassion of the American people, we're slowing the spread. We're protecting the vulnerable, and we're saving lives. And we're opening up America again. Because of the strong foundation that President Trump poured in our first 3 years, we've already gained back 9.3 million jobs in the last three months alone. [cheers and applause] 225339 And we're not just opening up America again, we're opening up America's schools. [ Applause ] 225351 And I'm proud to report that my wife, Karen, that school teacher I've been married to will be returning to her classroom next week. And so to all of our heroic teachers and faculty and staff, thank you for being there for our kids. We're going to stay with you every step of the way. [ Applause ] 225417 In the days ahead as we open up America again, I promise you, we'll continue to put the health of America first. 225425 And as we work to bring this economy back, we all have a role to play, and we all have a choice to make. On November 3rd, you need to ask yourself, who do you trust to rebuild this economy? A career politician who presided over the slowest economic recovery since the great depression, or a proven leader who created the greatest economy in the world? 225456 The choice is clear. To bring America all the way back, we need four more years of president Donald Trump in the white house. [ Cheers and applause ] 225523 My fellow Americans, we're passing through a time of testing. When, in the midst of this global pandemic, just as our nation had begun to recover, we've seen violence and chaos in the streets of our major cities. 225538 President Trump and I will always support the right of Americans to peaceful protest. But rioting and looting is not peaceful protest. Tearing down statues is not free speech, and those who do so will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. [ Applause ] 225605 Last week Joe Biden didn't say one word about the violence and chaos engulfing cities across this country. So let me be clear, the violence must stop. Whether in Minneapolis, Portland or Kenosha. Too many heroes have died defending our freedom to see Americans strike each other down. 225629 We will have law and order on the streets of this country for every American of every race and creed and color. [ Cheers and applause ] President Trump and I know that the men and women that put on the uniform of law enforcement are the best of us. Every day, when they walk out that door, they consider our lives more important than their own. 225715 People like Dave Patrick Underwood, an officer in the Department of Homeland Security's federal protective service who was shot and killed during the riots in Oakland, California. Dave's heroism is emblematic of the heroes that serve in blue every day. And we're privileged tonight to be joined by his sister, Angela. 225745 Angela, we say to you, we -- we grieve with your family, and America will never forget or fail to honor officer Dave Patrick Underwood. [ Applause ] 225809 The American people know we don't have to choose between supporting law enforcement and standing with our African-American neighbors to improve the quality of their lives, education, jobs, and safety. 225827 And from the first days of this administration, we've done both. And we will keep supporting law enforcement and keep supporting our African-American and minority communities across this land for four more years. (standing ovation) Now, Joe Biden says that America is systematically racist. 225904 And that law enforcement in America has, and I quote, "an implicit bias" against minorities. When asked whether he'd support cutting funding to law enforcement, Joe Biden replied, "Yes, absolutely." Joe Biden would double down on the very policies that are leading to violence in America's cities. 225934 The hard truth is, you won't be safe in Joe Biden's America. And under President Trump, we will always stand with those who stand on the thin blue line, and we're not going to defund the police, not now, not ever. [ Cheers and applause ] 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 08262020 230000 2020 230010 My fellow Americans, we're passing through a time of testing. But soon, we will come to a time for choosing. Joe Biden has referred to himself as a transition candidate. And many were asking, transition to what? 230024 Last week Democrats didn't talk very much about their agenda. And if I were them, I wouldn't either. [ Laughter ] I mean Bernie Sanders did tell his followers that Joe Biden would be the most liberal president in modern times. In fact, he said, and I quote, that many of the ideas he fought for, that just a few years ago were considered radical, are now mainstream in the democratic party. 230059 At the root of their agenda, is the belief that America is driven by envy, not aspiration. That millions of Americans harbor ill will toward our neighbors, instead of loving our neighbors as ourselves. The radical left believes that the federal government must be involved in every aspect of our lives to correct those American wrongs. They believe the federal government needs to dictate how Americans live, how we should work, how we should raise our children. 230133 And in the process, deprive our people of freedom, prosperity and security. Their agenda is based on government control. Our agenda is based on freedom. [Applause] 230152 Where President Trump cut taxes, Joe Biden wants to raise taxes by nearly 4 trillion dollars. Where this President achieved energy independence for the United States, Joe Biden would abolish fossil fuels, end fracking, and impose a regime of climate change regulations that would drastically increase the cost of living for working families. Where we fought for free and fair trade and this president stood up to China and ended the era of economic surrender, Joe Biden has been a cheerleader for communist China. 230228 He wants to repeal all of the tariffs that are leveling the playing field for American workers and he actually criticized president trump for suspending all travel to China at the outset of this pandemic. Joe Biden is for open borders, sanctuary cities, free lawyers and health care for illegal immigrants. President trump, he secured our border and built nearly 300 miles of that border wall. [ Applause ] Joe Biden wants to end school choice. 230308 And President Trump believes that every parent should have the right to choose where their children go to school, regardless of their income or area code. [ Applause ] President Trump -- President Trump has stood without apology for the sanctity of human life, every day of this administration. Joe Biden, he supports taxpayer funding of abortion, right up to the moment of birth. 230342 When you consider their agenda, it's clear. Joe Biden would be nothing more than a Trojan horse for the radical left. The choice in this election has never been clearer, and the stakes have never been higher. Last week, Joe Biden said democracy is on the ballot. And the truth is, our economic recovery is on the ballot. 230408 Law and order are on the ballot. But so are things far more fundamental and foundational to our country. In this election it's not so much whether America will be more conservative or more liberal, more Republican or more Democrat. The choice in this election is whether America remains America. 230435 It's whether we will leave to our children and grandchildren a country grounded in our highest ideals of freedom, free markets, and the unalienable right to life and liberty, or whether we will leave them a country that is fundamentally transformed into something else. We stand at a crossroads, America. 230458 President Trump has set our nation on a path of freedom and opportunity. Joe Biden would set America on a path of socialism and decline, but we're not going to let it happen. [ Applause ] 230520 President Donald Trump believes in America and in the goodness of the American people, the boundless potential of every American to live out their dreams in freedom and, every day, President Trump has been fighting to protect the promise of America. 230537 Every day our president has been fighting to expand the reach of the American dream. Every day president Donald Trump has been fighting for you. And now it's our turn to fight for him. (applause) 230603 On this night in the company of heroes, I'm deeply grateful. Deeply grateful for the privilege of serving as vice president of this great nation, and to have the opportunity to serve again. I pray to be worthy of it, and I will give that duty all that's in me. In the year 2020, the American people have had more than our share of challenges. But, thankfully, we have a president with the toughness, energy, and resolve to see us through. 220641 Now, those traits actually run in our national character. As the invading force learned on approach to this fort, in September of 1814, against fierce and sustained bombardment, our young country was defended by heroes, not so different from those who are with us tonight. The enemy was counting on them to quit, but they never did. 230718 Fort McHenry, held and when morning came, our flag was still here. [ Applause ] My fellow Americans, we're going through a time of testing. But if you look through the fog of these challenging times, you will see. Our flag is still there today. 230756 That star-spangled banner still waves over the land of the free and the home of the brave. From these hallowed grounds, American patriots in generations gone by did their part to defend freedom. Now it's our turn. So let's run the race marked out for us. 230829 Let's fix our eyes on old glory and all she represents. Let's fix our eyes on this land of heros. And let their courage inspire. And let's fix our eyes on the author and perfecter of our faith and our freedom. And never forget that where the spirit of the lord is, there's freedom. That means freedom always wins. [ Cheers and applause ] 230910 My fellow Americans, thank you for the honor of addressing you tonight and the opportunity to run and serve again as your vice president. I leave here today inspired. And I leave here today more convinced than ever that we will do in our time, as Americans have done throughout our long and storied past. We will defend our freedom and our way of life. We will reelect our president and principled Republican leaders across the land. 230948 And with president Donald Trump in the White House for four more years, and with god's help, we will make America great again. Again. [ Applause ] Thank you. God bless you. And god bless the United States of America. [ Cheers and applause ] 231035 [DONALD AND MELANIA TRUMP ENTER] 231132 ["FOUR MORE YEARS" CHANTS] 231212 [TRACE ADKINS SINGING "STAR SPANGLED BANNER"] 231449 [DONALD AND MELANIA TRUMP GO TO CROWD] #### RNC Night 3 (#1): Re-upping schedule and preview Good evening from Charlotte, Jacksonville, Jerusalem, my living room (again!) for night 3 of the Republican National Convention. We are less than an hour away from the start of the primetime program, on a night featuring several notable speakers, including Vice President Pence and Karen Pence; Sens. Marsha Blackburn and Joni Ernst; Reps. Dan Crenshaw, Elise Stefanik and Lee Zeldin; Kellyanne Conway and Kayleigh McEnany. Tonight's theme: "America Land of Heroes." Below this email you'll find tonight's full schedule, plus background, courtesy of Alisa and Terrance (though please note that much of it is off-the-record prior to air). Notes from tonight's proceedings will all come chained as replies to this email. Despite many speeches being pre-taped, we'll be on particular lookout for reactions to the Kenosha shooting and ongoing protests, and to Hurricane Laura, and will be sure to flag any related comments. RNC Night 3 (#2): Legislators highlight law enforcement within 'heroes' theme 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7Cbb369fea80ee4499b55908d84a25e978%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340874074699417&sdata=nqIX44I9Rb5fKP8Ad9ehf71kZX4nYJhSPgdNGjqRCMA%3D&reserved=0> After another Jon Voight-narrated video to begin the evening, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem -- who has worked her way into President Trump's good graces recently, particularly following Trump's July 4 trip to Mt. Rushmore -- gave the first noteworthy remarks, arguing that "our founding principles are under attack," and took an ominous and potentially pandemic-related shot at "so-called experts" while discussing civil liberties. "America is unique in the world. Government's power at all levels is limited to the confines of our Constitution, which protects our God-given liberties and civil rights. We are not - and will not - be the subjects of an elite class of so-called experts. We the people are the government." (20:37:30) Noem also compared President Trump to Abraham Lincoln -- a comparison Trump likes to make himself when it comes to advancing the lives of Black Americans. "When he was just 28 years old, Honest Abe saw wild and furious passions, "worse than savage mobs," he said, taking the place of reasoned judgment. He was alarmed by the increasing disregard for the rule of law throughout the country." (20:37:59) "He was concerned for the people who had seen their property destroyed, their families attacked, and their lives threatened or even taken away. These good people were becoming tired of, and disgusted with, a government that offered them no protection. Sound familiar?" (20:38:37) Later, Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee focused much of her remarks on "the heroes of our law enforcement and armed services" including some lines critics are likely to seize upon amid the uproar over the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Blackburn did not specifically mention the shooting. "Leftists turned them into villains. They want to cancel them. But I'm here to tell you, these heroes can't be cancelled." (20:44:53) "I see law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every single day to keep our community safe, in spite of the hatred thrown at them." (20:45:30) "They say, we can't gather in community groups, but encourage protests, riots, and looting in the streets." (20:47:14) Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw picked up on that theme in some ways, comparing the heroism he witnessed as a Navy SEAL to the everyday heroism across the country. Like Blackburn, Crenshaw took clear shots at Democrats and this summer's racial justice protests. "It's the cop that gets spit on one day and will save a child's life the next." (20:50:30) "Heroism is self-sacrifice, not moralizing and lecturing over others when they disagree. Heroism is grace, not perpetual outrage. Heroism is rebuilding our communities, not destroying them. Heroism is renewing faith in the symbols that unite us, not tearing them down." (20:50:50) RNC Night 3 (#3): Women's issues spotlighted; McEnany gets personal 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7Cb445ea48026d4e3315de08d84a295790%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340888949873480&sdata=yhcX97SjhJ8t6aFLp9ZmPV%2BMQMFo5e%2Bmtp5rx%2FL%2Fv7E%3D&reserved=0> After a video on the women's suffrage movement, a trio of prominent women spoke to the convention. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany delivered deeply personal remarks about her choice to undergo a preventative mastectomy in 2018 and President Trump's support both shortly after the procedure and later while working White House, while balancing motherhood. "During one of my most difficult times, I expected to have the support of my family, but I had more support than I knew. As I came out of anesthesia, one of the first calls I received was from Ivanka Trump. Days later, as I recovered, my phone rang. It was President Trump, calling to check on me. I was blown away. Here was the leader of the free world caring about me." (21:06:05) She also echoed some of Trump's language about community safety and squeezed in what appeared to be a reference to the DNC pledge of allegiance controversy. "When I look into my baby's eyes, I see a new life, a miracle for which I have a solemn responsibility to protect.That means protecting America's future- a future President Trump will fight for where our neighborhoods are protected, where life is sacred, where God is cherished-- not taken out of our schools, removed from our Pledge, and erased from our history. I want my daughter to grow up in President Donald Trump's America." (21:07:47) Next, Second Lady Karen Pence highlighted the work of the armed services, referencing the service of her son and son-in-law, members of the Marines and Navy, respectively, and the difficulty many veterans encounter with PTSD. Referencing the 19th Amendment's centennial, she also put out a blanket call for Americans to vote -- something the administration's critics would argue that her husband and President Trump are making it more difficult to do. "100 years ago women secured the right to vote, so let's vote, America. Let's honor our heroes." (21:14:30) Afterward, Kellyanne Conway, promoted Trump's efforts to elevate women within the administration and argued that "empowerment" comes neither from social media slogans or "corporate handbooks." "This has been a century worth celebrating, but also a reminder that our democracy is young and fragile. A woman in a leadership role still can seem novel. Not so for President Trump. For decades, he has elevated women to senior positions in business and in government. He confides in and consults us, respects our opinions, and insists that we are on equal footing with the men. President Trump helped me shatter a barrier in the world of politics by empowering me to manage his campaign to its successful conclusion." (21:15:47) "For many of us, "women's empowerment" is not a slogan. It comes not from strangers on social media or sanitized language in a corporate handbook. It comes from the everyday heroes who nurture us, who shape us, and who believe in us." (21:16:17) RNC Night 3 (#4): Speakers attack Biden on abortion, faith; Cawthorn challenges conservatives 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7C9e032392ab3c40f3ea6708d84a2f3ff7%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340914175930792&sdata=I9rwYPAb%2FYIoGR4Iei6PhXjpPNcBEXxOS2x0e%2BF9ImE%3D&reserved=0> Abortion was the common thread between the remarks of Sister Dede Byrne of the community of the Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, and former college football coach Lou Holtz. Byrne shared details of her career as an Army doctor before entering the religious order in 2002, and used the experience to make her position on reproductive rights abundantly clear. "As followers of Christ, we are called to stand up for life and against the politically correct or fashionable today. We must fight against a legislative agenda that supports and even celebrates destroying life in the womb. In fact, the laws we create define how we see our humanity. And we must ask ourselves, what are we saying when we go into a womb and snuff out an insignificant, powerless, voiceless life." (21:22:44) She went on to make an inflammatory claim about the positions of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on the issue. "Donald Trump is the most pro-life President that this nation has ever had, defending life at all stages. His belief in the sanctity of life transcends politics. President Trump will stand up against Biden/Harris who are the most anti-life presidential ticket ever, even supporting the horrors of late-term abortion and infanticide." (21:23:45) Holtz later pointed to the subject to explain his support of Trump, while launching another attack on Biden's faith. "One of the important reasons he has my trust is because nobody has been a stronger advocate for the unborn than President Trump. The Biden-Harris ticket is the most radically pro-abortion campaign in history. They and other politicians are "Catholics in Name Only" and abandon innocent lives. President Trump protects those lives." (21:27:23) Later, New York Rep. Elise Stefanik gave a relatively traditional convention speech, describing her upstate New York district and telling her American dream story: the first in her family to go to college, small business success and election as the youngest Republican woman in House history. She also touted her work as a member of President Trump's impeachment defense (only the second mention of the word "impeachment" in three days), using it to bash the media and Democrats, who she later also characterized in now-boilerplate fashion as socialists. "President Trump has fought tirelessly to deliver results for all Americans, despite the Democrats' baseless and illegal impeachment sham and the media's endless obsession with it. I was proud to lead the effort standing up for the Constitution, President Trump, and most importantly the American people. This attack was not just on the President, it was an attack on you - your voice and your vote." (21:35:09) "But the American people were not swayed by these partisan attacks. Our support for President Trump is stronger than ever before." (21:35:23) From a former "Baby of the House" to the potential next holder of that title. 25-year-old North Carolina 11th Congressional District candidate Madison Cawthorn spoke of the car accident that left him partially paralyzed at 18, but of his decision, in its aftermath to "fight for our future" after his wheelchair initially made him feel "invisible." "This is a time of great adversity for our country. And I know something about adversity." (21:37:26) Cawthorn noted that several of the Founding Fathers had their first tastes of government and military leadership in their 20s (though he incorrectly claimed James Madison signed the Declaration of Independence - h/t Kelsey Walsh) "In times of peril, young people saved this country abroad and at home. We held the line, scaled cliffs, crossed oceans, liberated camps and cracked codes." (21:39:32) Interestingly, he also issued a charge to his fellow Republicans, challenging them to be clearer about their ideas and policies. "To conservatives, let's define what we support and win the argument in areas like health care and the environment." (21:40:31) There was also a nice moment at the end of his remarks during which Cawthorn stood while reciting part of the Pledge of Allegiance. (21:41:23) RNC Night 3 (#5): Remarks on China, coronavirus, agriculture as speakers jump topic-to-topic 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7C92c74d7709dd43420f5c08d84a31c317%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340924953504603&sdata=kbPL5btX2PfhIypqyawNq7oWfP9p3rij4sL3FHlbKTU%3D&reserved=0> Chinese dissident Chen Guangchen described that country's Communist Party as an "enemy of humanity" and accused it of covering up the coronavirus pandemic, while criticizing the Obama-Biden administration for a policy of "appeasement." "The U.S. must use its values of freedom, democracy, and the role of law to gather a coalition of other democracies to stop CCP's aggression. President Trump has led on this, and we need the other countries to join him in this fight. A fight for our future. Standing up to fight and fairness isn't easy. I know. So does President Trump. But he has shown the courage to lead that fight." (21:48:56) New York Rep. Lee Zeldin, who had been listed earlier in the schedule, but spoke over midway through, devoted a larger proportion of his remarks to the pandemic than nearly any other speaker through the first three days. Zeldin spoke of the health challenges faced by his daughters before turning to the efforts undertaken by the administration to combat the coronavirus. "When I learned my county's PPE stockpile was depleted, I immediately thought of those healthcare workers who saved my baby girls. Jared Kushner and I were on the phone late into that Saturday night. The very next day, President Trump announced he was sending us 200,000 N-95 masks. He actually delivered almost 400,000. That number quickly grew to 1.2 million masks, gowns, and more. The President sent thousands of ventilators to New York. He deployed the USS Comfort and converted the Javits Center to a field hospital." (21:51:25) "His administration authorized our lab testing requests at blinding speed. During a once in a century pandemic, an unforeseeable crisis sent to us from a far away land, the president's effort for New York was phenomenal." (21:51:56) Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa, in the midst of a competitive campaign of her own, spoke about the recent derecho that wiped out one-third of the state's crops, and thanked Trump for immediately approving disaster aid. She further honed-in on agriculture while criticizing Democrats, and making a few less-than-truthful claims about the Green New Deal "I can't recall an administration more hostile to farmers than Obama-Biden, unless you count the Biden-Harris ticket. The Democratic Party of Joe Biden is pushing this so-called Green New Deal. If given power, they would essentially ban animal agriculture and eliminate gas-powered cars. It would destroy the agriculture industry, not just here in Iowa, but throughout the country." (21:57:31) RNC Night 3 (#6): Lara Trump on meeting the family; Richard Grenell on foreign policy and 'charming' Merkel 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7C9f499e9f2dcc4065864108d84a36bfa5%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340946365837028&sdata=V9WrWu5Icu9soTZ80sBjYwGIVi3EzRPplTR01rO0%2BSM%3D&reserved=0> (Pence highlights TK via Gomez; h/t to Farrell, Gingello, Johnson, Levine, & McNish for the logs) Lara Trump, the president's daughter-in-law, and a now-seasoned public speaker and advocate through her role as a campaign adviser, gave another only-in-this-country speech, in which she spoke of her small business-owner parents and her New York City dreams, while offering a peek behind the curtain of the Trump family and highlighting women's issues yet again. "Any preconceived notion I had of this family disappeared immediately. They were warm and caring, they were hard workers, and they were down to earth. They reminded me of my own family - they made me feel like I was home." (22:04:53) "Walking the halls of the Trump Organization, I saw the same family environment. I also saw, first-hand, the countless women executives who thrived there, year after year." (22:05:22) She went on to detail how she became involved in the 2016 campaign, claiming his trust in her was a reflection of his support of all women, and perhaps reveling her father-in-law's lax employment vetting standards. "Though I had no political experience, he believed in me and supported me - he knew I was capable even if I didn't." (22:05:50) "So, it didn't surprise me when President Donald Trump appointed the most women to senior level positions of any administration in history. The Secretary of the United Nations, Secretary of the Air Force, the first female CIA Director, the first African American female director of the Fish and Wildlife service and countless ambassadors, just to name a few." (22:05:58) "He didn't do these things to gain a vote or to check a box - he did them because they are the right things to do." (22:06:43) After later pledging that the president will "keep America America," Lara Trump made a personal appeal to undecided voters, referencing her seventh grade teacher who once told her to "believe none of what you hear, half of what you read and only what you're there to witness firsthand." "If you're watching tonight and wrestling with your vote on November 3rd, I implore you: tune out the distorted news and biased commentary and hear it straight from someone who knows. I wasn't born a Trump. I'm from the South. I was raised a Carolina girl. I went to public schools and worked my way through a state university. Mrs. B from my seventh grade English class was right - what I learned about our president is different than what you might have heard." (22:09:27) "I learned that he is a good man. That he loves his family. That he didn't need this job. That no one on Earth works harder for the American people. That he's willing to fight for his beliefs, and for the people -- and the country -- that he loves." (22:09:57) Later, former Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell harkened back to 2016, touting Trump, who, during that cycle's debates "stood alone and said in public what most Americans thought in private." "No candidate could bring themselves to admit that something had gone badly wrong with American foreign policy. That the American voter, the American soldier, and the American taxpayer, had all been let down. Except for one - Donald Trump. He called America's endless wars what they were: A disaster." (22:19:10) Grenell, also the former ambassador to Germany, stuck mostly to foreign policy and characterized the president as a savvy diplomat who still managed to negotiate like a businessman. "I've watched President Trump charm the Chancellor of Germany, while insisting that Germany pay its NATO obligations. I was proud to witness President Trump say to foreign leaders: "I don't blame you for wanting America to pay for your security. I actually respect you for out-negotiating the Presidents before me. But it stops with me. I won't let the American taxpayer be taken advantage of." (22:21:26) He also praised Trump's national security and defense record, arguing that a perspective rooted in nationalism had been unfairly criticized. "In four years, Donald Trump didn't start any new wars. He brought troops home. He rebuilt the military, and signed peace deals that make Americans safer. The Washington elites want you to think this kind of foreign policy is immoral. And so they call it "nationalist." That tells you all you need to know. The DC crowd thinks when they call Donald Trump a nationalist, they're insulting him. As if the American president isn't supposed to base foreign policy on America's national interests." (22:22:03) Turning to Joe Biden and the Democratic Party, Grenell honed in on Biden's age and questioned his efficacy as a leader given his long tenure in Washington. "Don't be fooled - the Washington establishment is trying to sell you on their candidate. Joe Biden was first elected to the Senate in 1972. 48 years ago." (22:23:58) "It's actually the typical Washington story. Just this year, 22 Democrats ran for President. They rejected all the outsiders, and nominated the ultimate Washington insider. Someone they had to pull out of retirement. Every time Joe Biden offers a new idea, you should ask yourself: "Why didn't he try that over the last 48 years?" (22:24:24)
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5534 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC HEAD ON POOL 08262020 230000 2020 ***DO NOT EDIT OR MODIFY THIS DOC IN ANY WAY. ONLY LOGGERS ARE PERMITTED. WEDNESDAY AUGUST 26 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION FULL LOG 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 203006 VO>> Long before the shots fired at Concord, were men and women of remarkable character and fortitude. An extraordinary spirit fueled the dreams they held. That spirit lived on to win liberty in the Revolution, embolden the underground railroads. It strengthened the brave souls at Normandy. 230032 It endured with those who gallantly fought the spread of communism. And on 9/11, that same spirit was found in the men and women storming the gates of death to save precious lives. The spirit of heroism thrives in the presence of tyranny, disaster. It is stronger than any virus. 203058 Yet there are those who condemn our heroes, seek to erase history, deconstruct the American ideals, remake America into something it was never intended to be. But the spirit of heroism stands in the breach. It lives in the heart. It breathes in the soul. And is woven into the courageous fabric of Americans like you. It preserves liberty. It strengthens families. It empowers the extraordinary. 203132 The spirit of heroism inspires us to act when others are in need, to do the right thing. Join us tonight. Dream heroic dreams. Celebrate America, land of the free, home of the brave. 203200 >> From Washington D.C., welcome to the 2020 Republican National Convention. Tonight, celebrating America as the land of heroes. 203225 >> Lord, almighty god, we come before you this evening and pray for your divine protection over our brothers and sisters in the path of storms along our Gulf Coast. You are our rock and our shelter, in the midst of the storms of life. You are the god who commands the winds and the waves, and we pray that He will provide refuge to our people. 203252 Oh, lord, you have granted us certain natural rights such as the right to speak freely, life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness as well as religious freedom, the right to assemble and the right to self-defense. Only in America have these god-given rights so flourished and been categorized as belonging to the people, embodying the very essence of our government. 223322 Father, we pray that this outlook and mindset, this form of government continues, as has been our history, especially now when, to our horror, it is being challenged. And so, we pray that god give strength and health to our President who has splendidly demonstrated daily his determination to defend and maintain the god-given rights of our citizens, as enshrined in our constitution and in our declaration. 203356 [And] eloquently passed down through our Judeoo-Christian tradition. President Trump has stood up fearlessly against those corrupting the term "social justice," so as to deny Americans their birthright and these divine gifts. 203413 May god protect him. May god bless all those in government and among our citizens who seek to honor, defend, and preserve our heritage. This land was founded in an epic and providential moment. Like the revelation at sinai, it was the moment when the vision of god rendezvoused with the soaring and noble plans of appointed men. Yet every so often, apace various generations, we are compelled to resurrect and give rebirth to our providential beginning, to renew our present days with the exuberance of those founding days. 203501 Perhaps that is what is meant when you say make America great again. We pledge to viginantly protect and tend the garden so as to imbibe its blessed fruits. May god continue to make America great and may we continue to be his people, one nation, under god, and let us say amen. 203530 >> I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic, for which it stands. One nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. KRISTI NOEM 203557 NOEM>> Good evening. I'm governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota. I'm here tonight because I believe America is an exceptional nation, founded on three principles: equality, freedom, and opportunity. But today, our founding principles are under attack. This year the choice for Americans is between a man who values these ideals, and all that can be built because of them, and a man who isn't guided by these ideals and coincidentally has built nothing. 203628 Remember, America's battle for Independence and fight for self governance was something that had never been done before. Men of great intellect and wisdom like James Madison, the father of our constitution, hoped our constitutional republic would last for ages, mitigate the problems that would naturally arise from political factions, and prevent tyranny. Madison also authored much of the bill of rights. 203653 Because he understood the natural tendency of government to increasingly encroach on the people's consent, and thus, our freedom. He urged his colleagues to adopt these amendments to enshrine in our Constitution the ideals laid out in the declaration of Independence, that all power comes from the people. That the government is created and ought to be exercised for the benefit of the people. Our constitution guarantees the right to speak, to assemble, and to worship. 203725 The right to arm ourselves as a counterbalance to a standing army. And the right to a fair and equitable criminal justice system. We must fight to protect these foundational rights from government interference and indifference. America is unique in the world. Government's power at all levels is limited to the confines of our constitution, which protects our god-given liberties and civil rights. We are not and will not be the subjects of an elite class of so-called experts. 203759 We, the people, are the government. Now at times our country has struggled to live up to our founding principles. Another great American, Abraham Lincoln, knew that struggle better than anybody. When he was just 28 years old, honest Abe saw wild and furious passions worse than savage mobs, he said, taking the place of reason and judgment. He was alarmed by the increasing disregard for the rule of law throughout the country. He was concerned for the people that had seen their property destroyed, their families attacked, and their lives threatened or even taken away. 203837 These good people were becoming tired of and disgusted with a government that offered no protection. Sound familiar? It took 244 years to build this great nation, flaws and all. But we stand to lose it in a tiny fraction of that time, if we continue down the path taken by the Democrats and their radical supporters. From Seattle and Portland to Washington and New York, Democrat-run cities across this country are being overrun by violent mobs. 203910 The violence is rampant. There's looting, chaos, destruction, and murder. People that can afford to flee have fled but the people that can't, good hard-working Americans, are left to fend for themselves. The Republican party's commitment to individual rights and self government is as necessary today as it was in 1860, when we won our first presidential election. 203937 Our party respects individuals based on who they are. We don't divide people based on their belief or their roots. We don't shun people who think for themselves. We respect everyone, equally, under the constitution, and we treat them as Martin Luther King Jr. wished, according to the content of their character, not the color of their skin. 204001 In just four years, President Trump has lifted people of all races and backgrounds out of poverty. He shrunk government. He put money back into the pockets of hard-working, ordinary Americans. He has advanced religious liberty, he protected the second amendment. You can look back 50 years, you won't find anyone that has surpassed President Trump's success on these four issues alone. 204027 History chooses its heros for the time in which they live. At our founding, Madison was one of the chosen. When the nation's very existence was challenged it was Lincoln's turn. Thanks to these men, America is a land of hope. Their examples have been repeated in countless ways by simple Americans following their conscience. But there is another American hero to be recognized. And that is the common American. 204057 This is who president Trump is fighting for. He's fighting for you. SCOTT DANE 204121 DANE>> I'm Scott Dane. I represent loggers and truckers in Minnesota, but I also represent a way of life. Logging's been a part of the great American story from the beginning. In fact. if you go to the capitol rotunda and look up, you can see loggers on one of the panels -- New England settlers carving out a new world from the wilderness. Logging is the most dangerous job in the country, but we embrace that risk because we know America was built by strong people, building things together. America needs us to keep building and we can't wait to be a part of it. 204157 But the last time Joe Biden was in the white house, Minnesota lost nearly half of its mills, thousands of jobs, and experienced nearly a decade of decline. It was a similar story in other parts of the country. The administration just didn't seem to care, and 47 years in Washington, Joe Biden hasn't done anything for the timber industry. When plants close in Duluth, Sartel, Cook, and Bemidji, they were just numbers on paper to the Obama-Biden administration. To me they were people and jobs and families. 204233 Under obama-biden, radical environmentalists were allowed to kill the forest. Wildfire after wildfire shows the consequences. Managed forests, the kind my people work in, are healthy forests. Under president trump, we've seen a new recognition of the value of forest management in reducing wildfires. And we've seen new support for our way of life where a strong back and a strong work ethic can build a strong middle class. 204258 We want to build families where we were raised and stand by communities that stood by us. We want that way of life available for the next generation and we want our forests there, too. President Trump, thank you for helping us do just that. MARSHA BLACKBURN 204335 BLACKBURN>> Hi, I'm US Senator Marsha Blackburn from Tennessee. America is a nation of heroes. In times of difficulty, we're reminded that they're all around us. They're in the line with us at the grocery store, in the pew with us at church. They're the regular American who step up to volunteer and serve when we need them most. 204400 They've stood at the forefront throughout this pandemic. The emergency room nurses who go back shift after shift. 204411 The medical researchers developing a vaccine and therapies to combat what the Chinese communist regime unleashed on the world. Cookville's Double Strings Church of Christ members, lifting our country up in prayer and providing for those impacted by tragedy. But tonight, I want to talk to you about another kind of hero. The kind democrats don't recognize because they don't fit into their narrative. I'm talking about the heroes from law enforcement and armed services. 204453 Leftists turned them into villains. They want to cancel them. But I'm here to tell you, these heroes can't be cancelled. Tennessee is full of them. After all, we're the volunteer state. My dad served in the Army in World War 2. When he came home, he put on another uniform, and for 30 years, volunteered to help our under funded sheriff's department. I'm reminded of him whenever I see compassion and selflessness in others. 204530 When I see law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every single day to keep our community safe, in spite of the hatred thrown at them. When I see the heroes who volunteer to serve our country, putting their lives on the line for their freedom. Many of these heroes call Tennessee home and we could not be more proud of the brave men and women of the 101st airborne division at Fort Campbell. 204605 The common thread between them is a deep seeded desire to serve a cause larger than themselves. They don't believe their country owes them anything. They believe they owe their country and their fellow man. As hard as Democrats try, they can't cancel our heroes. They cannot contest their behavery and they can't dismiss the powerful sense of service that lives deep in their souls. 204643 So they try to defund them -- our military, our police, even ICE -- to take away their tools to keep us safe. Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and their radical allies try to destroy these heroes because if there are no heroes to inspire us, government can control us. They close our churches, but keep the liquor stores and abortion clinics open. 204714 They say, we can't gather in community groups, but encourage protests, riots, and looting in the streets. If the Democrats had their way, they would keep you locked in your house until you become dependent on the government for everything. That sounds a lot like communist China to me. Maybe that's why Joe Biden is so soft on them, why Nancy Pelosi says that China would prefer Joe Biden. Yep. I bet they would. 204749 But, President Trump has stood up for our heroes every day. He stood by our law enforcement, our military, and the freedoms we hold dear. He's made good on his promise to put America first. And I hope you will stand with me as we send him back for four more years, with a clear message to the democrats, you will never cancel our heroes. DAN CRENSHAW 204828 CRENSHAW>>> Hi, I'm Congressman Dan Crenshaw. 8 years ago, in the fields of Helmand Province, Afghanistan, a close friend and teammate laid down cover fire against Taliban insurgents so that I could walk, blind and bloodied, to the Med-Evac helicopter, and survive. But he didn't. Dave Orson was killed 2 months later. 204848 He died a hero to this great country. Here's the truth about America: we are a country of heroes. I believe that. So should you. We are a people with a common set of ideals, conceived in liberty. People that have sacrificed, time and time again, for the freedom and freedom of others -- that's something that no country ever, anywhere can claim. 204911 Since 9/11, I've seen America's heroes up close. Some of them saved my life. Some of them saved many others lives. Many of them never made it home. These heroes act as if the whole struggle depended on them alone, as if any weakness on their part would be a reflection of the whole nation. That is called duty. 204930 And America has a long history of it. Our enemies fear us, because Americans can fight for good and we know it. It gives us strength. When our heroes are trusted and equipped, then freedom prevails. The defeat of ISIS was the result of America believing in our heroes. Our president having their backs and rebuilding our military so we'd have what we needed to finish the mission. 204955 The cowering of the Iranian regime and the restoration of the deterrence once lost is the result of America believing in her own might again. America's heroism isn't relegated to the battlefield. Every single day we see them, if you just know where to look. It's the nurse who volunteers for back-to-back shifts caring for covid patients because she feels that's her duty. It's the parent who will relearn algebra because there's no way they are letting their kids fall behind while schools are closed. 205023 And it's the cop that gets spit on one day and will saves a child's life the next. America is the country where the young military wife of two young children answers the unexpected knock at the door, looks the man in uniform in the eye and even as her whole world comes crashing down, she stands up straight, she holds back tears and takes care of her family because she must. 205048 This is what heroism looks like, it's who we are, a nation of heroes. And we need you now more than ever. We need to remind ourselves what heroism really is. Heroism is self-sacrifice. It's not moralizing and lecturing over others when they disagree. Heroism is grace, not perpetual outrage. Heroism is rebuilding our communities, not destroying them. 205115 Heroism is renewing faith in the symbols that unite us, not tearing them down. See, America is a fabric. It's woven from the threads of history's best stories, best attributes, and greatest ideas. The American spirit reflects the oldest and most important virtues: self sacrifice, courage, tolerance, love of country, grace, and passion for human achievement. 205136 We can decide, right now, that American greatness will not be rejected nor squandered. As the American founding was grounded in individual liberty, so will be our future. But if we are to rediscover our strength, then it must be an endeavor undertaken by each and every one of us. We must become the heroes that we so admire. 205158 America was built by them, and our future will be protected by them. It will be protected by you. So, god bless America. GEN KEITH KELLOGG 205215 KELLOGG>> Good evening. I'm retired Lieutenant General Keith Kellogg. In 1967, at the age of 22, I volunteered to serve my country in Vietnam. From the jungles of Vietnam to the deserts of Iraq, I have gone where my nation asked. I have borne witness to soldiers' last moments on Earth, their lives spent in hope and promise of a better future for all Americans. 205246 I was in the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. I lost friends there that day. In the years that followed, I watched my daughter, son, and son-in-law deploy to Afghanistan. I have looked into the eyes of my grandchildren as they said goodbye to their fathers and hugged them one last time. I lived (?) service. I understand sacrifice. I know leadership. 205315 Over the past 3 1/2 years, I have witnessed every major foreign policy and national security decision by the President. I have been in the room where it happened. I saw only one agenda and one guiding question, when tough calls had to be made: is this decision right for America? When President Donald Trump took office, decades of failed foreign policy had crippled us. 205347 He faced wars without end in sight, creation of failed states like Libya and Syria, a past that allowed a terrorist caliphate to grow, and leadership in Washington that allowed our military to atrophy, while we spent trillions of dollars abroad instead of investing at home. President Trump has reversed the decline of our military, and restructured our national security strategy. 205414 With historic investment and vision, our military is now better equipped, better resourced, and better manned than any military in the world. President Trump demolished the terrorist ISIS caliphate in the Middle East and eliminated its leader, Al baghdadi, one of the world's most brutal terrorists. President Trump took decisive action against Iranian terrorist mastermind, Qasem Soleimani, the man responsible for deaths of hundreds of American servicemen in Iraq. 205450 When our NATO allies failed to meet their commitments as we upheld ours, President Trump demanded parity. NATO members have now increased their contributions over $100 billion this year and NATO's Secretary General credits President Donald J. Trump. President Trump challenged and continues to challenge an ever-increasingly provocative and militant China. But make no mistake, President Trump is no hawk. 205521 He wisely wields the sword when required, but believes in seeking peace instead of perpetual conflict. Just over a week ago, our president brokered a peace agreement between the united Arab Emirates and Israel, the first in the Middle East in over 25 years. And this week, Afghan negotiators, with help from American officials, will start peace negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government to end America's longest war. 205558 Ask yourself: has this president kept his promises to keep us out of needless conflicts and to pursue ending wars without end? Has he defended your interests in renegotiating trade deals that previously hurt Americans and our national security? Has he fulfilled his commander in chief role by decisively going after the nation's enemies? You and I know the answer is yes. 205629 The choice is clear. This is the most important election of our lifetime. The next four years will decide the course of our country for decades to come. I am asking you to stand up and be counted so we never have to look back and recall what it was once like in America when men and women were free, our families were secure, and we had a president who served the people. 205701 God bless America. Thank you, and good night. TERA MEYERS 205730 MEYERS>> Good evening, my name is Tara Meyers. Tonight I am here as a wife and mother to share how education freedom has personally impacted my family, especially the life of my son Samuel. Before Samuel was even born, I was told his life wouldn't be worth living. When early tests revealed he had down syndrome, our doctor encouraged me to terminate the pregnancy. 205757 He said "if you do not, you will be burdening your life, your family and your community." I knew my baby was a human being created by god, and that made him worthy of life. I am thankful that president Trump values the life of the unborn. When we went to register samuel for kindergarten, we were told to just put him where he would be comfortable. Don't stress him out by trying to teach him. 205825 When we pushed for him to attend his neighborhood school with his sisters, we were told just go home and let us do what we do. When I inquired about functional learning, I was told, this is all you get, like it or not. Well, I did not like it. One size did not fit all. So I helped fight to pass legislation in Ohio, for a special needs scholarship, so that all students could choose the right program for their needs. 205857 I worked to start a new functional learning program at our local private school. Finally, Samuel had an appropriate place to learn. Last December, Samuel was invited to the White House to meet our president and share his thoughts on education freedom. He said, "school choice helped my dreams come true. My school taught me the way I learn best. I was able to fit in. I made many friends. I became a part of my community. My teachers helped me become the best I can be." President Trump shook my hand and said, wonderful job, mom. Your son is amazing. 205939 Unlike the doctor who told me to end Samuel's life before it even began. President trump did not dismiss my son. He showed Samuel he valued him and was proud of what he accomplished. President Trump gave Samuel an equal seat at the table. Tonight I would like to extend my thanks to president trump and his administration for their work toward making every student's dream of a meaningful education a reality. 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 210000 2020 210011 And for fighting to ensure every child in America has an equal seat at the table of education freedom and an equal opportunity in life. Thank you. And may god bless America. [RNC VIDEO "SUFFRAGE"] 210040 VO>> It all started at a tea party, 13 years before the American civil war. Civil unrest and division separated countrymen into two opposing camps: one determined to keep African-American people enslaved. The other, determined to see all people free. 210105 Elizabeth Katie Stanton and Lucretia Mott felt the call to fight for that freedom when they were selected as delegates for an anti slavery convention. But, upon arrival, were told they could not speak or vote at the male dominated event. On July 9, 1848, Mott, Stanton and three other women met for tea. 210127 By the end of the day, they had formed a coalition with the sole purpose of gaining the right for women to vote so they in turn would be free to fight for the freedoms of others. Women across America united and formed activist groups working tirelessly to win the vote for American women. The incomparable Susan B Anthony became one of the most visible leaders of women's suffrage when, in 1872, she registered and voted for every Republican on the ballot. 210158 As punishment for her actions, she was arrested for illegal voting at the request of Susan B. Anthony, Senator A.A. Sargent introduced the 19th amendment in 1878. The Susan B. Anthony Amendment was submitted and defeated five times. But, women continued to fight. Sojourner Truth and many other black suffragettes defied segregation, fighting for all women's voices to be heard and allowed to vote. 210223 For the two years prior to ratification, the silent sentinels quietly picketed the White House. Finally, when Republicans regained control of Congress, on August 26th, 1920, the Equal Suffrage Amendment was signed into law. Women's suffrage movement took 72 years and would change the lives of women forever. The victory was achieved peacefully through the valiant efforts of women patriots and the democratic process. 210252 100 years later in a bold declaration of rights for women, President Trump granted a full pardon to Susan B. Anthony on the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment's ratification. Women's suffrage was born from a desire to fight for the freedom of others. Now, we, the great patriots of America, will band together once again. And with one unified voice, we will vote for freedom. KAYLEIGH MCENANY 210330 MCENANY>> I'm Kayleigh Mcenany. You may know me as a supporter of President Trump. But tonight, I'm here to share with you how he supported me, both as a new mom and as an American with a pre-existing condition. When I was 21 years old, I got a call that changed my life. It was my doctor informing me that I had tested positive for the BRCA2 genetic mutation, a mutation that put my chances of breast cancer at 84%. 210403 It was the same mutation that my mom had, compelling her to get a preventive double mastectomy, removing her breast tissue but protecting her from a disease has taken far too many of our mothers, our sisters, our friends. In my family, eight women alone were diagnosed with breast cancer, several were in their young 20s. I now faced the same prospect. For nearly a decade, I was routinely at Moffitt Cancer Center, getting MRIs, ultrasounds, and necessary surveillance. 210443 During these visits, I cross pathed with brave women battling cancer and fighting through chemotherapy. They were a testament to American strength. They are American heroes. On May 1st, 2018, I followed in my mother's footsteps, choosing to get a preventive mastectomy. I was scared. The night before, I fought back tears as I prepared to lose a piece of myself forever. But the next day with my mom, dad, husband, and Jesus Christ by my side, I underwent a mastectomy, almost eliminating my chance of breast cancer. 210530 A decision I now celebrate. Breast reconstruction has advanced remarkably. While it is an individual's decision, my doctor and I chose a course of surgery that left me virtually unchanged. But more important than physical results, I developed a strength and a confidence that I carry with me. During one of my most difficult times, I expected to have the support of my family, but I had more support than I knew. As I came out of anesthesia, one of the first calls I received was from Ivanka Trump. 210607 As I recovered, my phone rang again. It was president Trump, calling to check on me. I was blown away. Here was the leader of the free world, caring about my circumstance. At the time, I had only met president Trump on a few occasions, but now I know him well. And I can tell you that this president stands by Americans with preexisting conditions. In fact, President Trump called me this morning, I spoke with him several times today, and he told me how proud he was of me for sharing this story. 210646 The same way president Trump has supported me, he supports you. I see it everyday. I've heard him say the hardest part of his job is writing to loved ones of fallen soldiers. I've seen him offer heartfelt outreach to grieving parents who lost their children to crime in the streets. And I have watched them fight for Americans who lost their jobs. President Trump fights for the American people, because he cares about stories like these. I have a nine-month-old daughter. She's a beautiful sweet little girl, and I choose to work for this president for her. 210735 When I look into my baby's eyes, I see a new life, amiracle for which I have a solemn responsibility to protect. That means protecting America's future, a future President Trump will fight for. Where our neighborhoods are protected. Where life is sacred. Where god is cherished, not taken out of our schools, removed from our pledge, and erased from our history. I want my daughter to grow up in President Donald J. Trump's America. 210804 Choosing to have a preventative mastectomy was the hardest decision I ever had to make. But supporting President Trump, who will protect my daughter and our children's future, was the easiest. KAREN PENCE 210851 KAREN PENCE>> Good evening. Karen Pence, my husband is Vice President Mike Pence. 100 years ago, today, the 19th amendment was adopted into the United States constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote. Because of heroes like Susan B. Anthony and Lucy Stone, women today -- like our daughters Audrey and Charlotte -- and future generations will have their voices heard and their votes count. 210921 The women's suffrage movement was the gateway that led to women having the opportunities to achieve monumental milestones and accomplish significant achievements in both civic and governmental roles. This evening, we look at heroes in our land. As Second Lady of the United States for the past three and a half years, I have had the honor of meeting many heroes across this great country. The Pences are a military family. 210955 Our son Michael serves in the United States Marines. And our son-in-law Henry serves in the US Navy. And one of my key initiatives is to elevate and encourage military spouses. These men and women like our daughter Charlotte and our daughter-in-law Sarah are the home front heroes. I have been privileged to hear so many stories of selfless support, volunteer spirit and great contributions to the armed forces and our communities. 211029 You know, military spouses may experience frequent moves and job changes, periods of being a single parent while their loved one is deployed, all while exhibiting pride, strength and determination and being a part of something bigger than themselves. To all of the military spouses, thank you. President Trump and Vice President Pence have been supporting our United States armed forces including our military families on a significant scale. 211103 While traveling throughout our nation to educate military spouses about policy solutions that President Trump has promoted involving real, tangible progress in military spouse employment, I have been inspired to meet heroes like Lisa Bradley and Cameron Cruz. 211126 These military spouses decided to start their own business R-Riveter, named after the Rosie the Riveter campaign used to recruit women workers during World War II. R-Riveter makes beautiful handbags designed and manufactured exclusively by military spouses. And many of those spouses live all over the country. They prepare and send their section of the bags to the company located in North Carolina where the final product is assembled. 211158 Military spouse hero Jilan Hall-Johnson in Billings, Montana, is a culinary artist who had dreamed of starting her own restaurant. Working with the small business administration's development center, Jilan started her restaurant, the Sassy Biscuit. 211218 And she just opened a second restaurant in Dover, New Hampshire. And as the second lady, I've also been able to bring awareness to a form of therapy for our heroic veterans suffering from PTSD. Art therapy facilitated by a professional art therapist is especially effective with posttraumatic stress disorder. Master gunnery sergeant Chris Stowe a marine veteran I met in Tampa, who deployed for combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, said nothing had helped him deal with the trauma from his service in the Marines, until he finally agreed to meet with the art therapist at Walter Reed medical center 211305 Chris credits art therapy with saving his marriage and his life. And Chris went on to establish a glass blowing workshop to help other Vets. Many of our veteran heroes struggle as they transition back into civilian life. And, sometimes, the stress is too difficult to manage alone. A few weeks ago, I had the honor of speaking with some amazing Americans who answer the Veterans Crisis Line. 211335 One, in particular, Sydney Morgan, especially impacted me. A veteran herself, Sydney said, it is the highest honor of her life, until they physically walk into a clinic to receive help they deserve, and she can pass their hand to someone ready to help. 211358 In these difficult time, we've all seen so many examples of everyday Americans reaching out a hand to those in need. Those who, in humility, have considered others more important than themselves. We've seen health care workers, teachers, first responders, mental health providers, law enforcement officers, grocery and delivery workers and farmers. 211427 And so many others. Heroes, all. 100 years ago women secured the right to vote, so let's vote, America. Let's honor our heroes. Let's re-elect president trump and vice president pence for four more years. God bless our heroes, and god bless the United States of America. 211458 VO>> We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. KELLYANNE CONWAY 211517 CONWAY>> Good evening. I'm Kellyanne Conway. 100 years ago, courageous warriors helped women secure the right to vote. This has been a century worth celebrating, but also a reminder that our democracy is young and fragile. A woman in a leadership role can still seem novel. Not so for President Trump. For decades, he has elevated women to senior positions in business and in government. 211547 He confides in and consults us, respects our opinions, and insists that we are on equal footing with the men. President Trump helped me shatter a barrier in the world of politics by empowering me to manage his campaign to its successful conclusion.With the help of millions of Americans, our team defied the critics, the naysayers, the conventional wisdom and we won. For many of us, women's empowerment is not a slogan. 211617 It comes not from strangers on social media orr sanitized language in a corporate handbook. It comes from the everyday heroes who nurture us, who shape us, and who believe in us. I was raised in a household of all women. They were self-reliant and resilient. Their lives were not easy. But they never complained. Money was tight, but we had an abundance of what mattered most, family, faith and freedom. 211652 I learned that, in America, limited means does not make for limited dreams. The promise of America belongs to us all. This is a land of inventors and innovators, of entrepreneurs and educators, of pioneers and parents -- each contributing to the success and the future of a great nation and her people. These everyday heroes have a champion in President Trump. 211725 The teacher who took extra time to help students adjust to months of virtual learning. The nurse who finished a 12-hour COVID shift and then took a brief break only to change her mask, gown, and gloves to do it all over again. The small business owner striving to reopen after the lockdown was lifted and then again after her store was vandalized and looted. 211753 The single mom with two kids, two jobs, two commutes, who ten years after that empty promise, finally has health insurance. President Trump and vice president Pence have lifted Americans, provided them with dignity, opportunity and results. I have seen firsthand many times the president comforting and encouraging a child who has lost a parent, a parent who has lost a child, a worker who lost his job, an adolescent who lost her way to drugs. 211836 "Don't lose hope," he has told them, assuring them that they are not alone, and that they matter. There always will be people who have far more than us. Our responsibility is to focus on those who have far less than us. President Trump has done precisely that, in taking unprecedented action to combat this nation's drug crisis. 211903 He told me, this is so important, Kellyanne, so many lives have been ruined by addiction, and we'll never even know it, because people are ashamed to reach out for help, and they're not even sure who to turn to in their toughest hour. Rather than look the other way, President Trump stared directly at this drug crisis next door and through landmark bitarsian legislation has helped secure historic investments in surveillance, interdiction, education, prevention, treatment and recovery. 211936 We have a long way to go, but the political inertia that cost lives and the silence and the stigma that prevents people in need from coming forward is melting away. This is the man I know and the president we need for four more years. He picks the toughest fights and tackles the most complex problems. 212001 He has stood by me, and he will stand up for you. In honor of the women who empowered me and for the future of the children we all cherish, thank you and God bless you, always. DIDI BURN 212033 DIDI BURN>> Good evening. I'm sister Didi Burn and I belong to the community of the Little Workers of the Sacred Heart's of Jesus and Mary. Last 4th of July, I was honored to be one of the president's guests at his salute to America celebration. I must confess that I recently prayed while in chapel, begging God to allow me to be a voice and instrument for human life. And now, here I am, speaking at the Republican National Convention. I guess you better be careful for what you pray for. My journey towards religious life is not a traditional route, if there is such a thing. 212111 In 1978, as a medical stud-- school student at Georgetown University, I joined the Army to help pay for my tuition, and ended up devoting 29 years to the military, serving as a doctor and a surgeon in places like Afghanistan and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. After much prayer and contemplation, I entered my religious order in 2002, working to serve the poor and the sick in Haiti, Sudan, Kenya, Iraq, and in Washington, D.C. 212144 Humility is at the foundation of our order which makes it difficult to talk about myself, but I can speak about my experience working for those fleeing war-torn and impoverished countries all around the world. Those refugees all share a common experience. They have been all marginalized, viewed as insignificant, powerless and voiceless. And while we tend to think of the marginalized as living beyond our borders, the truth is the largest marginalized group in the world can be found here in the United States. 212220 They are the unborn. As Christians we first met Jesus as a stirring embryo in the womb of an unwed mother and saw him born nine months later in the poverty of a cave. It's no coincidence that Jesus stood up for what was just and ultimately crucified because what he said wasn't politically correct or fashionable. 212244 As followers of Christ, we are called to stand up for life against the politically correct or fashionable of today. We must fight against a legislative agenda that supports and even celebrates destroying life in the womb. Keep in mind, the laws we create define how we see our humanity, and we must ask ourselves: what are we saying when we go into a womb and snuff out an innocent, powerless voice's life? 212315 As a physician, I can say without hesitation: life begins at conception. While what I have to say may be difficult for some to hear, I am saying it because I'm not just pro-life, I'm pro eternal life. And I want all of us to end up in heaven together some day. Which brings me to why I'm here today -- Donald Trump is the most pro-life President that this nation has ever had, defending life at all stages. 212345 His belief in the sanctity of life transcends politics. President Trump will stand up against Biden-Harris who are the most anti-life Presidential ticket ever, even supporting the horrors of late-term abortion and infanticide. Because of his courage and conviction, President Trump has earned the support of America's pro-life community. 212410 Moreover, he has a nation wide of religions standing behind him. You'll find us with our weapon of choice, the rosary. So thank you Mr. President, we are all praying for you. LOU HOLTZ 212429 HOLTZ>> I'm Lou Holtz. Many of you know me as Coach Holtz, or maybe that football guy. It is a pleasure, a blessing, and an honor, for me to explain why I believe that President Trump is a consistent winner, an outstanding leader, and deserves to be re-elected as our president. First, I want you to know that I grew up in a one-bedroom house in West Virginia. I may have been poor, but the lessons my parents taught me were priceless. 212500 They taught me that life is about making choices. Wherever you are, good or bad, don't blame anyone else. Go get an education, get to work. You can overcome any obstacles. And always remember, that in this great country of ours, anyone can amount to something special. I lived by those principles of hard work, and responsibility my whole life. 212526 Living out the the American story, and it works. But there are people today like politicians, professors, protesters, and of course president trump's nay-sayers in the media who like to blame others for problems. They don't have pride in our country. They make us say no longer ask, what can I do for my country? Only what the country should be doing for them. They don't have pride in themselves. That's wrong. 212600 When I was an officer in the army, I served with so many great Americans who embraced the responsibility to our country. I'm so proud of their sacrifices and the opportunity it has provided for so many millions. America remains a land of opportunity, no matter what the other side says or believes. You know, there's a statue of me at Notre Dame. I guess they needed a place for the pigeons to land. 212629 But if you look closely, you will see these three words there: trust, commitment, and love. All my life, I have made my choices based on these three words. I use these three rules to make choices about everything. My beloved wife of 59 years, athletes I coached, and of course, politicians. Even President Trump. I ask myself three things. 212657 One, can I trust them? When a leader tells you something, you gotta be able to count on it. That is President Trump. He says what he means, he means what he says, and he's done what he said he would do at every single turn. One of the important reasons he has my trust is because nobody has been a stronger advocate for the unborn than President Trump. 212723 The Biden-Harris ticket is the most radically pro-abortion campaign in history. They and other politicians are Catholic in name only, and abandoned innocent lives. 212737 President Trump protects those lives. I trust President Trump. The second question I ask is are they committed to doing their very best? President Trump always finds a way to get something done. If you want to do something bad enough, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse. And excuses are a lot easier to find than solutions. 212805 President Trump finds solutions, president trump is committed. The third question I ask is do they love people? Do they care about others? To me this is very clear. President trump has demonstrated through his prison reform, advocating for school choice, and welfare reform. He wants Americans from all walks of life to have the opportunity to succeed and live the American dream. President trump loves our country and our great people. Trust, commitment, and love. In President trump we have a president we can trust, who works hard at making America greater. 212850 And who genuinely cares about people. If I apply this test to Joe Biden, I can't say yes to any of these three questions. I used to ask our athletes at notre dame "if you did not show up, who would miss you and why?" Can you imagine what would happen to us if president trump had not shown up in 2016 to run for president? I'm so glad he showed up. 212919 Thank you for showing up, Mr. President. I encourage everyone who loves this country, who loves America, to show up in November for President Trump. Thank you. MICHAEL MCHALE 212938 MCHALE>> Hi, I'm Michael McHale, but my friends call me "Mick." I'm a 30 active duty member of law enforcement in the state of Florida. I am also the president of the national association of police organizations, NAPO. Our organization recently endorsed Donald Trump for re-election as President of the United States. Our endorsement recognized his strong support for the men and women on the front lines, particularly during these challenging times. 213010 We value his support of aggressive prosecution of those who attack our police officers. His signing of the law enforcement mental health and wellness act and his support for permanently authorizing funds to support 9/11 first responders and their families. Law enforcement officers across the nation take an oath to run towards danger when everyone else is running away. They do so willingly to protect our families and communities. 213046 I'm proud that the overwhelming majority of American police officers are the best of the best and put their lives on the line without hesitation. And good officers need to know their elected leaders, and the department brass, have their backs. Unfortunately, chaos results when failed officials in cities like Portland, Minneapolis, Chicago, and New York make the conscious decision not to support law enforcement. 213120 Shootings, murders, looting, rioting occur unabated. The violence and bloodshed we are seeing in these and other cities isn't happening by chance. 213132 It's the direct result of refusing to allow law enforcement to protect our communities. Joe Biden has turned his candidacy over to the far Left, anti-law enforcement radicals. And as a Senator, Kamala Harris pushed to further restrict police, cut their training, and make our American communities and streets even more dangerous than they already are. 213202 Conversely, President Trump supports the creation of a national standard for training on deescalation and communication to give officers more tools to resolve conflict without violence. The differences between Trump-Pence and Biden-Harris are crystal clear. Your choices are the most pro law enforcement president we've ever had, or the most radical anti-police ticket in history. 213239 We invite those who value the safety of their family and loved ones to join the hundreds of thousands of members of the national association of police organizations and support the re-election of president Donald J. Trump. Thank you and god bless America. ELISE STEFANIK 213315 STEFANIK>> I'm Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, and I'm honored to represent New York's 21st Congressional District, the cradle of the American revolution. It's where, almost 250 years ago, brave patriots fought in the battles of Saratoga to turn the tide of the revolutionary war. It's where, 40 years ago in Lake Placid, a team of amateur hockey players out hustled, outskated, and defeated the Soviet Union, stunning the world and giving up the unforgettable miracle on ice. 213349 And today, it's home to fort Drumm and the historic tenth mountain division, the most deployed unit in the U.S. army since 9/11, where I saw first hand president trump graciously thank and honor our men and women in uniform and sign the largest pay raise for our troops in a decade. 213406 Since our nation's founding generation after generation of everyday Americans served and sacrificed to preserve and strengthen the American dream. The vision of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and the idea that if you work hard and dream big, you can achieve anything you imagine. I believe in the American dream because I've lived it. Like millions of Americans, I grew up in a small business family where I learned the values of hard work and determination. 213441 I was the first person in my immediate family to graduate from college, ran for Congress to serve upstate New York, and am proudly the youngest Republican woman elected to Congress in history. I am honored to support President Trump for re-election because I know that he is the only candidate who will stand up for hard working families and protect the American dream for future generations. 213509 Since his first day in office, President Trump has fought tirelessly to deliver results for all Americans, despite the Democrats' baseless and illegal impeachment sham and the media's endless obsession with it. 213523 I was proud to lead the effort standing up for the constitution, President trump, and most importantly the American people. This attack was not just on the president. It was an attack on you, your voice and your vote. But the American people were not swayed by these partisan attacks. Our support for president trump is stronger than ever before. 213547 We know what's at stake in this historic election. Americans from all walks of life are unified in support of our president. It's why more Republican women than ever are running for office this year. We understand that this election is a choice between the far left democratic socialist agenda versus protecting and preserving the American dream. President Trump is working to safely reopen our main street economy. 213617 He understands that the engine of our country is fuelled by the ingenuity and determination of American workers, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. Joe Biden wants to keep them locked up in the basement and crush them with $4 trillion in new taxes. We face a critical choice. Joe Biden's far left failed policies of the past 47 years, or president Trump who will stand up for the American people and the constitution. 213649 I believe in the wisdom and spirit of the American people to elect the only candidate who is capable of protecting the American dream. President Donald J. Trump. Thank you to the north country for the opportunity to serve as your voice supporting his re-election. God bless the United States of America, the greatest country on Earth. MADISON CAWTHORN 213726 HAWTHORNE>> Good evening. I'm Madison Hawthorne, and I'm running to represent North Carolina's 11th Congressional District. This is a time of great adversity for our country, and I know something about adversity. At 18 years old, I was in a horrific car accident that's left me paralyzed from the waist down. Instantly, my hopes and dreams were seemingly destroyed. I was given a 1% chance of surviving. But thanks to the power of prayer, a very loving community and many skilled doctors, I made it. It took me over a year to recover. 213800 My first public outing in a wheelchair was to a professional baseball game. You know, before my accident I was 6'3". I stood out in a crowd. But as I wheeled through the stadium I felt invisible. At 20, I thought about giving up. However, I knew I could still make a difference. You know, my accident has given me new eyes to see and new ears to hear. God protected my mind and my ability to speak. So I say to people who feel forgotten, ignored and invisible, I see you. I hear you. 213835 At 20, I made a choice and 2020, our country has a choice. We can give up on the American idea or we can work together to make our imperfect union more perfect. I choose to fight for the future, to seize the high ground and retake the shining city on a hall. While the radical left wants to dismantle, defund and destroy, Republicans under president trump's leadership want to rebuild, restore and renew. 213905 I just turned 25. When I'm elected this November, I'll be the youngest member of Congress in over 200 years. And if you don't think young people can change the world, then you just don't know American history. George Washington was 21 when he received his first military commission. Abe Lincoln, 22, when he first ran for office. And my personal favorite, James Madison was just 25 years old when he signed the declaration of Independence. 213932 In times of peril, young people have stepped up and saved this country, abroad and at home. We held the line, scaled the cliffs, crossed oceans, liberated camps, and cracked codes. Yet today, political forces want to usher in the digital dark ages. A time of information without wisdom. And tribalism without truth. National leaders on the left have normalized emotion-based voting and radicalized identity politics that rejects Martin Luther King's dream. 214004 MLK's dream is our dream, for all Americans to be judged solely on their character. Millions of people risk their lives every year to come here, because they believe in the dream of MLK and the American dream. Join us as, we, the party of freedom, double down on ensuring the American dream for all people. We are committed to building a new town square. It welcomes all ideas and all people. 214031 Here we will have freedom of speech, not freedom from speech. To liberals, I say let's have a conversation. Be a true liberal, listen to other ideas and let the best one prevail. And to conservatives, I say let's define what we support and win the argument in areas like healthcare and on the environment. In this new town square, you don't have to apologize for your beliefs or cower to a mob. You can kneel before god but stand for our flag. 214103 The American idea my ancestors fought for during the revolutionary war, is just as exciting and revolutionary today as it was 250 years ago. I say to Americans who love our country, young and old, be a radical for freedom. Be a radical for liberty. 214123 [HAWTHORNE STANDS] And be a radical for our republic, for which I stand. One nation, under god, with liberty and justice for all. Thank you and may god bless America. JACK BREWER 214155 BREWER>> I'm Jack Brewer, a former 3 time NFL team captain, College professor, coach, husband, son and father. I'm also a lifelong Democrat, but I support Donald Trump. Let me be clear: I didn't come here for the popularity or the praise, the likes or the retweets. I'm here as a servant to god, a servant to the people of our nation and a servant to our president. 214223 I grew up in Grapevine, Texas, a town that my great grandfather was the first black man to settle, as a sharecropper in 1896. My early high school experience included fighting with skinheads and being the witness in an attempted murder trial after my friend shot a skinhead in self-defense. I remember my dad's bravery when he personally stood up against a KKK rally in my town. 214247 In my house, my father taught me to back down for no one. I know what racism looks like. I've seen it first hand. In America, it has no resemblance to president trump. And I'm fed up with the way he's portrayed in the media, who refuse to acknowledge what he's actually done for the Black community. 214306 It's confusing the minds of our innocent children. Before I left to come to deliver this message my energetic 8 year old son, Jackson, stopped me and said, "dad, can you please just tell everyone that all lives need to matter, and that god loves everyone?" In that moment, I realized that my 8-year-old had figured out what so many adults have seemed to forget. We are not as divided as our politics suggest. 214337 At some point for the sake of our children, the policies must take priority over the personalities. So because you have an issue with president trump's tone you are going to allow Biden and Harris to deny our underserved black and brown children school choice? Are we so offended by the president's campaign slogan, make America great again, we're going to ignore that Joe Biden and kamala Harris have collectively been responsible for locking up countless black men for nonviolent crimes. 214410 Are you going to allow the media to lie to you by falsely claiming that he said there are very fine white supremacists in Charlottesville? That's a lie. And ignore the so-called black lives matter organization that openly, on their website, calls for the destruction of the nuclear family. My fellow Americans, our families need each other. We need black fathers in the homes with their wives and children. The future of our communities depends on it. 214443 I'm blessed to be able to run inner city youth programs and to also teach in prisons across America. The inmates in my federal prison program literally receive days off their sentence just for attending my class. And that's thanks to President Donald J. Trump and his First Step Act. President Trump cared about these Americans and their families, even when so many others had left them behind and had written them off. I'm forever grateful for President Trump for that. He endures relentless attacks and so do many of us, like myself, who support him. 214519 But my mama always told me when the lord starts blessing, the devil starts messing. This convention marks a time to celebrate our history. Republicans are the party that freed the slaves and the party that put the first Black men and women in congress. It's the party of Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln. And now, Tim Scott and Donald Trump. Our president has made incredible strides to end mass incarceration and give unprecedented opportunities for Black [people], in America, to rise. 214554 America, let this election be a call for all god's people who are called by His name to humble ourselves and pray together, and to seek his face and to turn from our wicked ways. Then he will hear us from heaven and he will forgive our sins and he will heal our land. Amen, and god bless America. CHEN GUANGCHENG 214644 GUANGCHENG>> Greetings. My name is Chen Guangcheng. Standing up to tyranny is not easy. I know. When I spoke out against China's one child policy, and other injustices, I was prosecuted, beaten, sent to prison and put under house arrest by the Chinese communist party, the CCP. 214717 In April 2005 I escaped and was given shelter in the American embassy in beijing. I'm forever grateful to the American people for bringing me and my family to the United States where we are now free. CCP is an enemy of humanity. 214750 It is terrorizing its own people, and it is threatening the well being of the world. In China, expressing belief or ideas not approved by the CCP -- religion, democracy, human rights -- can lead to prison. 214818 The nation lies (?) under mass surveillance and censorship. The U.S. must use its values of freedom, democracy, and the role of law to gather a coalition of other democracies to stop CCP's aggression. President Trump has led on this, and we need the other countries to join him in this fight. 214856 A fight for our future. Standing up to fight and fairness isn't easy. I know. So does President Trump. But he has shown the courage to lead that fight. We need to support, vote, and fight for President Trump for the sake of the world. Thank you. LEE ZELDIN 214936 ZELDIN>> I'm congressman Lee zeldin. Tonight, as we celebrate America as a land of heros I'm here at a VFW post of heros in west Hampton beach, New York. I've seen amazing Americans in action, raised in a law enforcement family, deployed to Iraq as an 82nd airborne paratrooper and serving today in the army reserve. My generation, of post-9/11 veterans, has huge shoes to fill, following our greatest generation that fought tyranny, and saved the world. 215011 All over our country, everyday heroes serve and sacrifice for the greater good. Farmer, truckers, craftsmen, the heroes keep America running. Craftsmen and President trump fights for them every day. This year we have especially relied on one particular group of heroes, front line medical workers. My twin daughters, Michaela and Arianna, were born over 14 weeks early. They weighed just a pound and a half. At two weeks, Michaela went into septic shock, had a stroke, and underwent brain surgery leaving one-third of the left side of her brain a hole. 215054 Her doctors didn't believe Michaela would survive, fearing dire permanent consequences even if she did. Through the miracles of modern medicine, the power of prayer, and her will to live, my daughters are now starting high school and doing great, with no long-term effects from those frightful months in the NICU. So when I learned my county's PPE stockpile was depleted, I immediately thought of those healthcare workers who saved my baby girls. 215125 Jared Kushner and I were on the phone late into that Saturday night. The very next day, President Trump announced he was sending us 200,000 N-95 masks. He actually delivered almost 400,000. That number quickly grew to 1.2 million masks, gowns, and more. The President sent thousands of ventilators to New York. He deployed the USS Comfort and converted the Javits center to a field hospital. 215156 His administration authorized our lab testing requests at blinding speed. During a once in a century pandemic, an unforeseeable crisis sent to us from a far away land, the president's effort for New York was phenomenal. 215214 For our nation to emerge even stronger, more prosperous, freer, and more secure than ever; to make our country greater than ever before, we must re-elect president trump. We are the land of the free because of the brave. And we are the land of opportunity because we have a president who wants to empower the best of who we are to be the best of what we can be. 215241 There's never been a nation greater than ours. Never a people more resilient than ours. And never a future for America more promising than ours right now. Keeping America great is up to us. And losing is not an option. [RNC VIDEO] 215305 >> And I'm very proud, very proud to have President Trump in office here, because he's the best we've ever had. He's done the most for any president ever done. >> He's always there trying to take care of veterans, giving veterans what they need. >> The turnaround times have increased since Trump has taken over. >> You had to fight 15 years for benefits. But once he came into office, you had like 90 days, you turned your paperwork in, at least you had some kind of answer. 215330 >> I waited months for a signature on a piece of paper to get a prosthetic leg fixed. Now it's an a lot better turn around, but before it was a five-year waiting process to appeal. How long do we have to wait for benefits? 215344 >> I waited 20 years to file, rapidly was approved for medical, and then right -- turned right around and got disability. I was thinking it was going to be several years worth of waiting to hear. >> He's accomplished a lot in 3 1/2 years. And it helps the American people, and he has done a lot for veterans, for the middle class. >> I chose to serve my country. If I could do it, I would do it all over again, especially for this president. I mean, he's the kind of president you'd run through a brick wall if he asked you to. 215415 >> Went through many presidents but this one I can say is the best president we've ever had and ever will have, I believe. JONI ERNST 215434 ERNST>> Hello, everyone, and thank you for inviting me into your home this evening. It's truly a privilege. My name is Joni Ersnt. I was raised on a small family farm here in Iowa where I learned the importance of faith, hard work, and service. I worked my way through college, then dedicated my life to serving my country, as a local official, a battalion commander in the military, and as a U.S. Senator. Service, it's more than a word to me. It's a mission, a way of life. It's what brought me to cedar Rapids, Iowa in 2008 when I was in the National Guard. 215515 We saw historic floods that swept through the communities. We lent a helping hand to our fellow Iowans who were literally under water. We thought we had seen the worst, but 12 years later, these same communities have faced an even more devastating disaster, the recent Derecho storm. If you don't live in Iowa, you may not have heard much about it at first. While reporters here in the state were in the trenches covering the equivalent of a category 2 hurricane, most of the national media looked the other way. 215552 To them, Iowa is still just flyover country. Houses, farms were destroyed. About one third of our crops here were damaged. In some cases, these storms wiped out a lifetime of work. And yet, Iowa farmers didn't hesitate to grab their chainsaws and check on their neighbors. Our farmers live every day with that sense of service. The stewards of the land. The ones who feed and fuel the world. 215623 President trump quickly signed an emergency declaration for Iowa to provide relief. And of course when president trump came to Cedar Rapids, the national media finally did too. For years I've worked closely with the president for farmers in Iowa and across the country. We scrapped Obama and Biden's punishing waters of the United States rule which would have regulated about 97% of land in Iowa. 215652 In some cases, even puddles. It would have been a nightmare for farmers. The President delivered on major trade deals with Japan, and the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement. And he implemented the sale of E-15 fuel, year-round. That means more choices for you at the pump, and more jobs for farmers in the heartland. This is something the Obama-Biden administration failed to do in eight years. In fact, I can't recall an administration more hostile to farmers than Obama-Biden, unless you count the Biden-Harris ticket. 215731 The democratic party of Joe Biden is pushing this so-called green new deal. If given power, they would essentially ban animal agriculture and eliminate gas-powered cars. It would destroy the agriculture industry, not just here in Iowa, but throughout the country . When the pandemic hit president trump heard us and our call for assistance for our farmers. 215755 Knowing we have an ally in the white house is important. Folks, this election is a choice between two very different paths. Freedom, prosperity, and economic growth under a trump-pence administration. Or the biden-harris path, paved by liberal, coastal elites and radical environmentalists. And America, where farmers are punished, jobs are destroyed, and taxes crush the middle class. 215827 That is our choice and it's a clear one. Thank you. And god bless. BURGESS OWENS 215840 OWENS>> Ladies and gentlemen, I'm Burgess Owens. Shackled in the belly of a slave ship, an 8-year-old boy named (?) Burgess came to America to be sold on an auction block. By the grace of god and the courage of slaves who believed in freedom, (?) escaped through the underground railroad and settled in the great state of Texas. He wanted to become a successful entrepreneur. He built his community's first church, first elementary school, and purchased 102 acres of farmland which he paid off in two years. 215911 I'm here today, a candidate for Congress, because my great, great grandfather Salas Burgess. I was raised in the South during the days of Jim Crow and the KKK. He went through the challenges of segregation. We were taught that anything is possible in America. When I was 22 years old, I thought all my dreams would come true when I was drafted by the New York Jets. 10 years later, with a pro-Bowl nod and a Super Bowl championship under my belt, I left the NFL to start a business. 215941 I thought I could never fail, but years later, I did and I lost everything. As I moved my family of 6 into a one-bedroom, basement apartment in Brooklyn, New York, I had a choice to make: feel sorry for myself or get to work. I worked as a chimney sweep during the day and a security guard at night. It was humbling to be recognized cleaning a chimney by someone who has cheered me as an NFL fan but those hard days would pay off. Eventually, I started a career -- a rewarding career in the corporate world. 220013 We live in a country where we are encouraged to dream big. Second chances are at the core of our American DNA. We don't hear that same message from Nancy Pelosi's congress, career politicians, elitists and even a former bartender who want us to believe it's impossible. They want us to believe what I did, what my great-great grandfather did is impossible for ordinary americans. As patriots, we know better. This November we stand at a crossroads. Mobs torch our cities while popular members of congress promotes the same socialism that my father fought against in world war II. We have a democratic candidate for president who says that I'm not black if I don't vote for him. 220055 Now, more than ever, we need leaders who stand by their principles and won't compromise their values for political opportunities. Now, more than ever, we need leaders who will stand up to the lawlessness supported by the radical left. This November, we have an opportunity to reject the mob mentality, and once again be the America that my great-great grandfather believed in. During the Trump administration, business ownership among blacks, hispanics, and females have reached all time highs. 220125 Those same groups enjoyed record low unemployment and unprecedented prosperity. And we're just getting started. I ran for congress because we don't need more career politicians. We need a few more chimney sweeps. We need more leaders like president Trump, who understands the freedoms that make up the fabric of America. My fellow Americans, specifically my Democrat and Independent friends, it is now time for us to unite and put aside partisan barriers. Help us win back the House, keep the Senate, and give our president 4 more years. 220201 And I promise you, we will make you proud. Thank you, and God bless the United States of America. [RNC VIDEO] 220216 VO>> Standing guard over Baltimore Harbor is the remains of an Earthen star. A relic of time passed. It recalls a time when the spirit of liberty stirred in men of renown, who stood in the gap against the most powerful force in the world. 27 hours. One thousand men, low on ammunition, firing scrap metal. The battle raged. 220242 Insurmountable odds. A darkness fell upon this new nation. In the midst of the fight, the heroes of Fort McHenry were unmoved. The light of dawn overcame the darkness. The gallant flag hoisted above Fort McHenry, torn and battered, stood, victoriously observing a dejected enemy slowly retreating into the rising sun, inspiring the anthem of our nation. 220313 The spirit of Liberty, not to be denied. The Earthen star, Fort McHenry, a reminder of those brave patriots who having done all, stood and prevailed. It is why we stand today, honoring past present and future generations of freedom loving Americans when we hear the anthem and raise the star spangled banner. LARA TRUMP 220347 LARA TRUMP>> Good evening, America. I'm Lara Trump, daughter of Bob and Linda (?), sister to Kyle, mother to Luke and Carolina and the daughter-in-law of our 45th president, Donald J. Trump. But tonight I come to you simply as an American. My life began like many in our country. I grew up in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. My parents were small business owners and worked hard to make sure that my brother and I had everything we needed but not everything we wanted. 220419 My parents raised me to believe that in America I could achieve anything with hard work and determination. The opportunities available to me were limited only by the size of my ambition. That I should dream big and I did. Those very dreams are what led me to New York City. I heard the adage, if I can make it there, I can make it anywhere and I intended to do just that. Never in a million years did I think I would be on this stage tonight and certainly never thought I would end up with the last name "Trump." 220453 My seventh grade English teacher, Mrs. B, used to tell us, believe none of what you hear, half of what you read, and only what you're there to witness first hand. The meaning of those words never fully weighed on me until I met my husband and the Trump family. Any preconceived notion I had of this family disappeared immediately. They were warm and caring. They were hard workers. And they were down to Earth. They reminded me of my own family. They made me feel like I was home. Walking the halls of the Trump organization, I saw the same family environment. 220530 I also saw the countless women executives who thrived there year after year. Gender didn't matter. What mattered was the ability to get the job done. I learned this directly when, in 2016, my father-in-law asked me to help him win my cherished home state and my daughter's namesake, North Carolina. Though I had no political experience, he believed in me. He knew I was capable even if I didn't. 220558 So it didn't surprise me when president Donald Trump appointed so many women to senior level positions in his administration -- Secretary of the United Nations, secretary of the air force, the first female CIA director, the first black female director of the fish and wildlife service and countless ambassadors just to name a few. Under President Trump's leadership, women's unemployment hit the lowest level since World War II. 220624 4.3 million new jobs have been created for women. In 2019 alone, women took over 70% of all new jobs. Female small business ownership remains at an all-time high, and 600,000 women have been lifted out of poverty, all since President Trump took office. 220643 He didn't do these things to gain a vote or check a box. He did them because they're the right things to do. 100 years ago today, the 19th amendment was ratified, granting the right to vote to every American woman. And since that day, incredible strides have been made by women in America. From Amelia Erhardt to Rosa parks and Sally Ride, women shaped our history and are part of what has made our country the most exceptional nation in the world. 220714 I often think back to my 24-year-old self driving alone in my car from North Carolina to New York City. And I think about what I'd tell myself now as we head towards the most critical election in modern history. This is not just a choice between Republican and Democrat or left and right. This is an election that will decide if we keep America America or if we head down an uncharted frightening path to socialism. 220743 Abraham Lincoln once famously said, "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." While those words were spoken over 150 years ago, never have they been more relevant. Will we choose the right path and maintain the unique freedoms and boundless opportunities that make this country the greatest in the history of the world? 220811 Will we remain the beacon of hope for those around the world fighting oppression, communism, and tyranny? The choice is ours. I know the promise of America, because I've lived it. Not just as a member of the Trump family, but as a woman who knows what it's like to work in blue collar jobs, to serve customers for tips, and to aspire to rise. When I look at my son Luke and my daughter Carolina, I wonder, what sort of country will I be leaving for them, for our future generations? 220843 In recent months, we've seen weak, spineless politicians seek control of our great American cities to violent mobs. Defund the police is the rallying cry for the new radical Democrat party. 220857 Joe Biden will not do what it takes to maintain order, to keep our children safe in our neighborhoods and in their schools, to restore our American way of life. We cannot dare to dream our biggest dreams for ourselves or for our children while consumed by worry about the safety of our families. President Trump is the law and order president, from our borders to our backyards. President Trump will keep America safe. President Trump will keep America prosperous. 220927 President Trump will keep America America. If you're watching tonight and wrestling with your vote on November 3, I implore you, tune out the distorted news and bias commentary and hear it straight from someone who knows. I wasn't born a trump. I'm from the south, I was raised a Carolina girl. I went to public schools and worked my way through a state university. Mrs. B from my seventh grade English class was right. 220957 What I learned about our president is different than what you might have heard. I learned that he's a good man. That he loves his family. That he didn't need this job. That no one on Earth works harder for the American people. That he's willing to fight for his beliefs and for the people and the country that he loves. 221018 He's a person of conviction. He's a fighter and will never stop fighting for America. He will uphold our values. He will preserve our families and he will build upon the great American edict that our union will never be perfect until opportunity is equal for all, including and especially for women. 221040 Our 40th president, Ronald Reagan, said it best: "The dreams of people may differ, but everybody wants their dreams to come true." And America, above all places, gives us the freedom to do that. It's up to us to keep this country a place where no dream is out of reach for our children and generations beyond. To my father-in-law, thank you for believing in me. 221105 Thank you for bravely leading this country and thank you for continuing to fight every day for America. May god bless and protect the Gulf states in the path of the hurricane. May god bless our troops, and may god continue to bless this incredible country. SAM VIGIL 221140 VIGIL>> Good evening. My name is Sam Vigil. There is a hole in my heart since my beloved Jackie was taken from me. This is her story. There were two things that Jackie loved to do every day. One was to go to the gym and tweet out bible verses and prayers to her friends. On November 19, the tweets stopped. That day started out like any other day. She left for the gym early in the morning. I heard the garage door open. Seconds later, I heard the car horn. 221212 I went outside to see if she had forgotten something. What I saw was a jeep blocking her car in the driveway. I noticed the bullet hole in Jackie's window. I saw someone jumping into the jeep and speeding away. Jackie had just been shot and killed in cold blood. We think this was a carjacking gone wrong. Very wrong. Every time I open the garage door or stand in the driveway, I hear that horn. I see her slumped in the seat. 221243 Where -- when I go to bed at night, that sound and image haunt me. That is my life sentence. It's a sentence being served by too many families left behind by senseless killings. Albuquerque, where I live, is one of the most violent cities in the country. 221303 Fewer than 50% of homicides are solved. It is a sad irony that Jackie immigrated to the U.S. for a better life than her native Columbia only to be gunned down in her own driveway. For eight months, there were no arrests no leads in connection with Jackie's murder. The Albuquerque police were overwhelmed. They needed help. Help arrived when president trump launched operation legend in July of this year. Almost immediately the FBI took over Jackie's case. In a matter of days, they arrested four people. 221341 The fifth suspect killer was arrested in Texas on unrelated charges. He is an illegal immigrant with a long criminal record. He had been deported in September and had come back in October to terrorize our community. I am extremely grateful to President Trump and the FBI for their efforts to deliver justice for Jackie and all the other innocent victims of violent crime. I'm honored to support the president because he is supporting us. I know he will never stop fighting for justice, for law and order. for peace, security, and our communities. CLARENCE HENDERSON 211424 CLARENCE HENDERSON>> Greetings, my fellow Americans. I am Clarence Henderson. There's been movements that have changed the course of history. Among the most extraordinary was the civil rights movement. 60 years ago, segregation was legal and enforced. The simple act of sitting at a lunch counter could lead to physical harm, jail time or worse. 221449 I know from personal experience. Walking into Woolworth's Department Store on Fairway and Second, 1960, I knew it was unlike any day I'd experienced before. My friends had been denied service the day before because of the color of their skin. We knew it wasn't right. But when we went back the next day, I didn't know whether I was going to come out in a vertical or prone position, in handcuffs or on a stretcher or even in a body bag. 221524 By sitting down to order a cup of coffee, we challenged injustice. We knew it was necessary, but we didn't know what would happen. We faced down the KKK. We were cursed at and called all kinds of names. They threatened to kill us and some of us were arrested, but it was worth it. 221548 Our actions inspired similar protests throughout the south against racial injustice. And in the end, segregation was abolished and our country moved a step closer to true equality for all. That's what actual peaceful protest can accomplish. America isn't perfect. We're always improving. But the great thing about this country is that it's not where you come from. It's where you're going. 221616 I was born on what some would call the wrong side of the tracks. I don't even have a birth certificate. I never attended an integrated school. And I'm the only one out of my immediate family who graduated from college, an hbcu. I'm a military veteran and a civil rights activist. And you know what else? I'm a Republican. And I support Donald Trump. If that sounds strange, you don't know your history. It was a Republican party that passed the 13th amendment, abolishing slavery. 221654 It was the Republican Party that passed the 14th Amendment, giving Black men citizenship. It was the Republican party that passed the 15th amendment, giving Black men the right to vote. Freedom of thought is a powerful thing. There are Americans, voters all over the country who media is trying to convince to conform to the same old Democratic talking points. You know what that will get you? The same old results. Joe Biden had the audacity to say if you don't vote for him, you ain't Black. Well, to that I say: if you do vote for Biden, you don't know history. 221733 Donald Trump is not a politician. He's a leader. Politicians are a dime a dozen. Leaders are priceless. The record funding Trump gave HBCUs is priceless, too. So are the record number of jobs he created for the black community and the investment he drove into our neighborhoods with tax incentives and opportunity Zones. And so are the lives he restored by passing criminal justice reform where 91% of the inmates released are black. 221807 These achievements demonstrate that Donald Trump truly cares about black lives. His policies show his heart. He's done more for black Americans in four years than Joe Biden has done in 50. Donald Trump is offering real and lasting change, an unprecedented opportunity to rise. A country that embraces the spirit of the civil rights movement of the 60s. 221835 A place where people are judged by the content of their character, their talents and abilities, not by the color of their skin. This is the America I was fighting for 60 years ago. this is the America Donald Trump is fighting for today. Let's all join in this fight for re-electing president trump on November 3. Thank you. RICHARD GRENELL 221904 GRENELL>> During the presidential debates four years ago, one outsider stood alone and said in public what most Americans thought in private. It was 14 years after the start of the war in Afghanistan and 12 years after the invasion of Iraq, where thousands of American troops had died and trillions in taxpayer dollars had been spent. And yet no candidate could bring themselves to admit that something had gone badly wrong with American foreign policy. 221935 But the American voter, the American soldier and the American taxpayer had always been let down. Except for one, Donald Trump. He called America's endless wars what they were -- a disaster. The media was shocked because Donald Trump was running as a Republican. And yet, he said out loud what we all knew, that American foreign policy was failing to make Americans safer. 222009 After the end of the cold war, Democrats and Republicans in Washington bought into the illusion that the whole world would start to resemble America, and so they started to pursue unlimited globalization. They welcomed China into the World Trade Organization. They engaged in nation building in Afghanistan, and tried to export democracy to Iraq. 222034 They signed a nuclear deal with Iran and a global climate agreement in Paris. But they didn't ground any of it in the interests of the average American. So for decades while Washington politicians built a global system, American wages stagnated. Our great cities and industries were hollowed out. Entire communities were devastated. 222059 And our manufacturing plants were shipped off to China. That's what happened when Washington stopped being the capitol of the United States and started being the capitol of the world. As the U.S. Ambassador to Germany, I had a front row seat to Donald Trump's America first foreign policy. I wish American could see how president trump negotiates on their behalf. 222126 I've watched President Trump charm the chancellor of Germany while insisting that Germany pay its NATO obligations. I was proud to witness President Trump say to foreign leaders, I don't blame you for wanting America to pay for your security. I actually respect you for out- negotiating the presidents before me. But it stops with me. I won't let the American taxpayer be taken advantage of. Donald Trump's administration has always made clear that our priority is the American people's security. 222203 That's the job of all leaders, to put their people first. And we've seen how this strategy has succeeded. In four short years, Donald Trump has led even some Washington Democrats to agree on the Chinese threat, on trade deals that benefit America first, on alliances that share responsibility. In four years, Donald Trump didn't start any new wars. He brought troops home. 222231 He rebuilt the military and signed peace deals that make Americans safer. The Washington elites want you to think this kind of foreign policy is immoral. And so they call it nationalist. That tells you all you need to know. The DC crowd thinks when they call Donald trump a nationalist, they're insulting him. As if the American president isn't supposed to base foreign policy on America's national interests. 222301 A return to the Biden way of thinking means America gives the radical terrorist regime in Tehran a planeload of cash in the middle of the night. Well you see, president trump also sent an aircraft in the middle of the night to deal with Iran. But that plane was on a different mission. An air strike to take out the head of Iran's terror machine who plotted the deaths of Americans. 222327 But we also must be clear that when those who seek freedom take tremendous personal risk in places like Hong Kong, Tehran or Minsk there's no doubt who president trump's administration supports. We will always stand with the people the who fight for their god-given freedoms. Don't be fooled. The Washington establishment is trying to sell you on their candidate. 222358 Joe Biden was first elected to the Senate in 1972, 48 years ago. Well, it's actually the typical Washington story. Just this year, 22 Democrats ran for President. They rejected all of the outsiders and nominated the ultimate Washington insider, someone that they had to pull out of retirement. 222424 Every time Joe Biden offers a new idea, you should ask yourself: why didn't he try that over the last 48 years? Today, the Democrats blame a global pandemic that started in China on President Trump, and they still blame Russia for Hillary Clinton's loss in 19-- in 2016. As acting director of national intelligence, I saw the Democrats' entire case for Russian collusion. 222451 And what I saw made me sick to my stomach. The Obama-Biden administration secretly launched a surveillance operation on the Trump campaign and silenced the many brave intelligence officials who spoke up against it. They presented bogus information as facts. They lied to judges, then they classified anything that undermined their case. And after Donald Trump won the election, when they should have continued the American tradition of helping the President-Elect transition into the White House, they tried instead to undercut him even more. 222533 Former vice president Joe Biden asked intelligence officials to uncover the hidden information on President Trump's incoming national security adviser three weeks before the inauguration. That's the Democrats. Between surveillance, classifications, leaks and puppet candidates, they never want the American people to know who is actually calling the shots. 222557 But with Donald Trump, you always know exactly who is in charge. Because the answer is you. You're in charge. Not lobbyists, not special interests. Not warmongers or China sympathizers or globalization fanatics. With Donald Trump and Mike Pence in the white house, the boss is the American people. President Trump rightly calls his foreign policy "America first." 222630 America first does not advance the interests of one group of Americans at the expense of another. It has no bias about red or blue, educated or not educated, urban or rural. America first is simply the belief that politicians should focus on the equality and dignity of every American. And that this duty is fulfilled by promoting the safety and wealth of the American people above all else. That's America first. That's the trump doctrine and that, my friends, is four more years. [RNC VIDEO] 222724 VO>> By dawn's early light, millions of Americans give thanks for this land, our liberties and those who defend it. That same pride inspired the words of our National Anthem, penned here as the smoke of battle lifted over two centuries ago. When those American soldiers bravely fought and died, repelling the British onslaught, they did so not only for our people which that flag represented, but for our principles for which the flag stood. 222754 Our god-given freedoms, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, equality under the law, government by the people. These are the threads that bind us together as Americans. For we're not a nation born of blood, but of belief. 222813 And even though that old flag has sometimes been battered and beaten, faded and forgotten, fired upon and set ablaze, there are heroes throughout our history who have picked up those tattered strands, mended them, and raised our flag anew. 222830 Just as the soldiers at Fort McHenry fought in defense of the beliefs that bind us today, there are new leaders who have devoted their life to do the same. 222846 MIKE PENCE (ON VIDEO)>> Greetings across the amber waves of grain, this is Mike pence. VO>> Across Indiana highways and homes, his voice warmly welcomed hoosiers each morning. Mike Pence filled the radio waves with conservative commentary, guarding our American ideals. But much like the man who inspired him, Mike didn't grow up a Republican. 222907 MIKE PENCE (VO)>> As president Reagan said, freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. >> His grandfather was a hard-working Irish immigrant who drove a bus to provide for his family. His father served our nation bravely in the Korean war and earned a bronze star. Mike was the third of six children raised here in Columbus, Indiana, with a cornfield in his backyard. 222930 MIKE PENCE (ON VIDEO)>> The foundation of America is freedom, and the foundation of freedom is faith. VO>> It was in this small Indiana town, his foundation of faith in Jesus Christ was laid. And from that conviction, sprung his love of people and service to others. It was at a church service where Mike met the love of his life, Karen. They married and have three children, Michael, Charlotte, and Audrey. MIKE PENCE (ON VIDEO)>> I'm a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order. 223000 VO>> Mike became the President of Free-Market Think Tank, the host of a statewide conservative radio show, and then a Congressman. In Washington, Mike quickly became known as a foremost defender of freedom. He led conservatives in the fight to protect our time-honored values of family, faith, life, liberty, and limited government. 223023 MIKE PENCE (ON VIDEO)>> Our nation's strength begins at homes, because strong families make a strong America. VO>> Mike earned the trust of the people of his state, and became the 50th governor of Indiana. He delivered the largest state tax cut in Indiana history, expanded school choice, led the country in manufacturing, and helped more hoosiers get to work than ever before, but he wasn't through. 223045 DAVID MUIR (ON VIDEO)>> ABC news has learned that Donald Trump will choose Indiana governor Mike pence to be his running mate. TRUMP (ON VIDEO)>> I would like to introduce a man who I truly believe will be the next vice president of the United States. Governor Mike pence. 223102 VO>> As our vice president, Mike Pence has held tightly to those threads of freedom, woven through our history. Leading with those principles alongside president trump, our nation experienced prosperity like never before. TRUMP (ON VIDEO)>> He is solid as a rock. He's been a fantastic vice president. 223120 VO>> And now in these uncertain days, we are equipped to overcome. In times of trouble, some call to retreat from those ideals. But Americans throughout history have lifted them in triumph, hope, and resilience. Mike pence knows those stars and stripes do not merely represent who we are, but more importantly, what we can be. 223147 As the sun rises again on America, we lift our eyes to those lofty truths, to guide our country and every one of us to greater heights. In this land of the free and home of the brave. Vice president Mike pence. 223227 [MIKE AND KAREN PENCE ENTER] 223227 >> Please welcome the vice president of the United States, Mike Pence. Accompanied by the second lady, Mrs. Karen Pence. MIKE PENCE 223327 [CROWD CHANTS "FOUR MORE YEARS] 223336 MIKE PENE>> Good evening, America. It's an honor to speak to you tonight from the hallowed grounds of Fort McHenry. The site of the very battle that inspired the words of our national anthem. Those words have inspired this land of heroes in every generation since. It was on this site 206 years ago when our young republic heroically withstood a ferocious naval bombardment from the most powerful empire on Earth. 223409 They came to crush our revolution, to divide our nation, and to end the American experiment. The heroes who held this fort took their stand for life, liberty, freedom and the American flag, and those ideals have defined our nation. 223434 But they were hardly ever mentioned at last week's Democratic national convention. Instead Democrats spent four days attacking America. Joe Biden said that we were living through a season of darkness. But as president trump said, where Joe Biden sees American darkness, we see American greatness. 223512 In these challenging times, our country needs a president who believes in America, who believes in the boundless capacity of the American people, to meet any challenge, defeat any foe, and defend the freedoms we hold dear. America needs four more years of president Donald Trump in the white house. 223540 Before I go forward, allow me to say a word to the families and communities in the path of Hurricane Laura. Our prayers are with you tonight, and our administration is working closely with authorities in the states that will be impacted. FEMA has mobilized resources and supplies for those in harm's way. This is a serious storm and we urge all of those in the affected areas to heed state and local authorities, stay safe and know that we'll be with you every step of the way, to support, rescue, respond, and recover in the days and weeks ahead. 223618 That's what Americans do. [ Applause ] Four years ago I answered the call to join this ticket because I knew that Donald Trump had the leadership and the vision to make America great again. And for the last four years I've watched this president endure unrelenting attacks but get up every day and fight to keep the promises that he made to the American people. 223652 So, with gratitude for the confidence president Donald Trump has placed in me, the support of our Republican party and the grace of god, I humbly accept your nomination to run and serve as Vice President of the United States. [applause/cheers] 223737 [crowd chants "FOUR MORE YEARS] 223740 Serving the American people in this office has been a journey I never expected. It's a journey that would not have been possible without the support of my family, beginning with my wonderful wife Karen. [ Applause ] 223801 She's a life-long school teacher, an incredible mother to our 3 children. And she's one outstanding second lady of the United States. I'm so proud of you. [ Applause ] And we couldn't be more proud of our three children: Marine Corps captain, Michael J. Pence, and his wife Sara. 223827 Our daughter Charlotte pence Bond, an author and wife to lieutenant Henry Bond who is currently deployed and serving our nation in the United States Navy. [ Applause ] 223845 And our youngest, a recent law school grad, our daughter Audrey and her fiance who like so many other Americans had to delay their wedding this summer. But we can't wait for Dan to be a part of our family. [ Applause ] In addition, my wife and kids, the person who's shaped my life the most is also with us tonight. 223916 My mom, Nancy. [ Applause ] She is the daughter of an irish immigrant, 87 years young. Mom follows politics very closely. And the truth be told, sometimes I think I'm actually her second favorite candidate on the trump/pence ticket. 223947 Thank you, Mom. I love you. Over the past 4 years, I've had the privilege to work closely with our President. I've seen him when the cameras are off. Americans see President Trump is lots if different ways. But there's not doubt how President Trump sees America. 224012 He sees America for what it is: a nation that has done more good in this world than any other, a nation that deserves far more gratitude than grievance. And if you want a president who falls silent when our heritage is demeaned or insulted, he's not your man. [ Applause ] 224041 Now we came by very different routes to this partnership, and some people think we're a little bit different. But you know, I've learned a few things watching him. Watching him deal with all that we've been through over the past four years. He does things in his own way, on his own terms. 224103 Not much gets past him, and when he has an opinion, he's liable to share it. [laughter] He's certainly kept things interesting. But more importantly, president Donald Trump has kept his word to the American people. [ Applause ] 224130 In a city known for talkers, President Trump is a doer. And few presidents have brought more Independence, energy or determination to that office. Four years ago, we inherited a military hollowed out by devastating budget cuts, an economy struggling to break out of the slowest recovery since the great depression. ISIS controlled a land mass twice the size of Pennsylvania, and we witnessed a steady assault on our most cherished values -- freedom of religion and the right to life. That's when president Donald Trump stepped in. 224211 And from day one, he kept his word. We rebuilt our military. [ Applause ] This president signed the largest increase in our national defense since the days of Ronald Reagan and created the first new branch of our armed forces in 70 years, the United States space force. [ Cheers and applause ] 224241 And with that renewed energy, we also returned American astronauts to space on an American rocket for the first time in nearly 10 years. And after years of scandal that robbed our veterans of the care that you earned in the uniform of the United States, president trump kept his word again. We reformed the va and veterans choice is now available for every veteran in America. [ Applause ] 224319 Our armed forces and our veterans fill this land of heroes, and many join us tonight in this historic fort. Tonight, we have among us four recipients of the medal of honor, [ Applause ] six recipients of the purple heart, [ Applause ] a gold star mother of a gallant Navy S.E.A.L. [ Applause ] and wounded warriors from Soldiers Strong, a group that serves our injured veterans every day. 224401 We are honored by your presence and we thank you for your service. [ Applause ] 224429 With heroes just like these, we defend this nation every day. And under this commander in chief, we've taken the fight to radical islamic terrorists on our terms on their soil. Last year, American armed forces took the last inch of ISIS territory, crushed their caliphate and took down their leader without one American causality. [ Applause ] 224457 And I was there when president trump gave the order to take out the world's most dangerous terrorist, Iran's top general will never harm another American because qassem soleimani is gone. [ Cheers and applause ] 224518 My fellow Americans, you deserve to know, Joe Biden criticized President Trump following those decisions, decisions to rid the world of two terrorist leaders. But it's not surprising, because history records that Joe Biden even opposed the operation that took down Osama bin Laden. It's no wonder that the secretary of the defense under the Obama/Biden administration once said that Joe Biden has been, and I quote, "wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades." 224602 So we've stood up to our enemies and we've stood with our allies, like when President Trump kept his word and moved the American Embassy to Jerusalem, [cheers/applause] the capital of the state of Israel, setting the stage for the first Arab country to recognize Israel in 26 years. [ Applause ] 224628 Closer to home, we appointed more than 200 conservative judges to our federal courts. We supported the right to life and all the god given liberties enshrined in our constitution, including the second amendment, right to keep and bear arms. [applause] And when it came to the economy, President Trump kept his word and then some. We passed the largest tax cut and reform in American history. 224655 We rolled back more federal red tape than any administration ever had. We unleashed American energy and fought for free and fair trade. And in our first three years, businesses large and small created more than 7 million good-paying jobs, including 500,000 manufacturing jobs all across America. [ Applause ] 224722 Our country became a net exporter of energy for the first time in 70 years. Unemployment rates for African-Americans and hispanic Americans hit the lowest level ever recorded. 224733 And on this 100th anniversary of the women's right to vote, I'm proud to report that under President Donald Trump, we achieved the lowest unemployment rate for women in 65 years. [ Applause ] And more Americans working than ever before. In our first three years, we built the greatest economy in the world. We made America great again. [ Applause ] 224807 And then, the coronavirus struck from China. Before the first case of the coronavirus spread within the United States, the President took unprecedented action and suspended all travel from China, the second largest economy in the world. Now, that action saved untold American lives, and I can tell you firsthand, it bought us invaluable time to launch the greatest national mobilization since World War II. 224841 President Trump marshalled the full resources of our federal government from the outset. He directed us to forge a seamless partnership with governors across America, in both political parties. We partnered with private industry to reinvent testing and produce supplies that we -- that were distributed to hospitals around the land. 224905 Today we're conducting more than 800,000 tests a day and we have coordinated the delivery of billions of pieces of personal protective equipment for our amazing doctors, nurses and health care workers. [ Applause ] We saw to the manufacture of 100,000 ventilators in 100 days and no one who required a ventilator was ever denied a ventilator in the United States. [ Applause ] 224945 We built hospitals, surged military medical personnel, and enacted an economic rescue package that saved 50 million American jobs. And as we speak, we're developing a growing number of treatments known as therapeutics, including convalescent plasma that are saving lives all across America. Now, last week, Joe Biden said that no miracle is coming. 225015 Well, what Joe doesn't seem to understand is that America is a nation of miracles. [ Applause ] And I'm proud to report that we're on track to have the world's first safe, effective coronavirus vaccine by the end of this year. [ Applause ] 225042 After all the sacrifice in this year like no other, all the hardship, we're finding our way forward again. But tonight, our hearts are with all of the families who have lost loved ones and have family members still struggling with serious illness. In this country, we mourn with those who mourn, we grieve with those who grieve. And this night, I know that millions of Americans will pause and pray for god's comfort for each of you. 225123 You know, our country doesn't get through such a time unless its people find strength within. The response of doctors, nurses, first responders, farmers, factory workers, truckers and everyday Americans who put the health and safety of their neighbors first has been nothing short of heroic. [ Applause ] 225154 Veronica Saez put on her scrubs every day, day in and day out went to work in one of New York City's busiest hospitals. She stayed on the job, put in the long hours until it was done and then got back in her neighborhood and helped neighbors and friends struggling. Her brother William is a New York City firefighter and they're both emblematic of heroes all across this country. 225231 They're with us tonight, and I say to them and to all of you: you have earned the admiration of the American people, and we will always be grateful for your service and care. [applause] 225309 Thanks to the courage and compassion of the American people, we're slowing the spread. We're protecting the vulnerable, and we're saving lives. And we're opening up America again. Because of the strong foundation that President Trump poured in our first 3 years, we've already gained back 9.3 million jobs in the last three months alone. [cheers and applause] 225339 And we're not just opening up America again, we're opening up America's schools. [ Applause ] 225351 And I'm proud to report that my wife, Karen, that school teacher I've been married to will be returning to her classroom next week. And so to all of our heroic teachers and faculty and staff, thank you for being there for our kids. We're going to stay with you every step of the way. [ Applause ] 225417 In the days ahead as we open up America again, I promise you, we'll continue to put the health of America first. 225425 And as we work to bring this economy back, we all have a role to play, and we all have a choice to make. On November 3rd, you need to ask yourself, who do you trust to rebuild this economy? A career politician who presided over the slowest economic recovery since the great depression, or a proven leader who created the greatest economy in the world? 225456 The choice is clear. To bring America all the way back, we need four more years of president Donald Trump in the white house. [ Cheers and applause ] 225523 My fellow Americans, we're passing through a time of testing. When, in the midst of this global pandemic, just as our nation had begun to recover, we've seen violence and chaos in the streets of our major cities. 225538 President Trump and I will always support the right of Americans to peaceful protest. But rioting and looting is not peaceful protest. Tearing down statues is not free speech, and those who do so will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. [ Applause ] 225605 Last week Joe Biden didn't say one word about the violence and chaos engulfing cities across this country. So let me be clear, the violence must stop. Whether in Minneapolis, Portland or Kenosha. Too many heroes have died defending our freedom to see Americans strike each other down. 225629 We will have law and order on the streets of this country for every American of every race and creed and color. [ Cheers and applause ] President Trump and I know that the men and women that put on the uniform of law enforcement are the best of us. Every day, when they walk out that door, they consider our lives more important than their own. 225715 People like Dave Patrick Underwood, an officer in the Department of Homeland Security's federal protective service who was shot and killed during the riots in Oakland, California. Dave's heroism is emblematic of the heroes that serve in blue every day. And we're privileged tonight to be joined by his sister, Angela. 225745 Angela, we say to you, we -- we grieve with your family, and America will never forget or fail to honor officer Dave Patrick Underwood. [ Applause ] 225809 The American people know we don't have to choose between supporting law enforcement and standing with our African-American neighbors to improve the quality of their lives, education, jobs, and safety. 225827 And from the first days of this administration, we've done both. And we will keep supporting law enforcement and keep supporting our African-American and minority communities across this land for four more years. (standing ovation) Now, Joe Biden says that America is systematically racist. 225904 And that law enforcement in America has, and I quote, "an implicit bias" against minorities. When asked whether he'd support cutting funding to law enforcement, Joe Biden replied, "Yes, absolutely." Joe Biden would double down on the very policies that are leading to violence in America's cities. 225934 The hard truth is, you won't be safe in Joe Biden's America. And under President Trump, we will always stand with those who stand on the thin blue line, and we're not going to defund the police, not now, not ever. [ Cheers and applause ] 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 08262020 230000 2020 230010 My fellow Americans, we're passing through a time of testing. But soon, we will come to a time for choosing. Joe Biden has referred to himself as a transition candidate. And many were asking, transition to what? 230024 Last week Democrats didn't talk very much about their agenda. And if I were them, I wouldn't either. [ Laughter ] I mean Bernie Sanders did tell his followers that Joe Biden would be the most liberal president in modern times. In fact, he said, and I quote, that many of the ideas he fought for, that just a few years ago were considered radical, are now mainstream in the democratic party. 230059 At the root of their agenda, is the belief that America is driven by envy, not aspiration. That millions of Americans harbor ill will toward our neighbors, instead of loving our neighbors as ourselves. The radical left believes that the federal government must be involved in every aspect of our lives to correct those American wrongs. They believe the federal government needs to dictate how Americans live, how we should work, how we should raise our children. 230133 And in the process, deprive our people of freedom, prosperity and security. Their agenda is based on government control. Our agenda is based on freedom. [Applause] 230152 Where President Trump cut taxes, Joe Biden wants to raise taxes by nearly 4 trillion dollars. Where this President achieved energy independence for the United States, Joe Biden would abolish fossil fuels, end fracking, and impose a regime of climate change regulations that would drastically increase the cost of living for working families. Where we fought for free and fair trade and this president stood up to China and ended the era of economic surrender, Joe Biden has been a cheerleader for communist China. 230228 He wants to repeal all of the tariffs that are leveling the playing field for American workers and he actually criticized president trump for suspending all travel to China at the outset of this pandemic. Joe Biden is for open borders, sanctuary cities, free lawyers and health care for illegal immigrants. President trump, he secured our border and built nearly 300 miles of that border wall. [ Applause ] Joe Biden wants to end school choice. 230308 And President Trump believes that every parent should have the right to choose where their children go to school, regardless of their income or area code. [ Applause ] President Trump -- President Trump has stood without apology for the sanctity of human life, every day of this administration. Joe Biden, he supports taxpayer funding of abortion, right up to the moment of birth. 230342 When you consider their agenda, it's clear. Joe Biden would be nothing more than a Trojan horse for the radical left. The choice in this election has never been clearer, and the stakes have never been higher. Last week, Joe Biden said democracy is on the ballot. And the truth is, our economic recovery is on the ballot. 230408 Law and order are on the ballot. But so are things far more fundamental and foundational to our country. In this election it's not so much whether America will be more conservative or more liberal, more Republican or more Democrat. The choice in this election is whether America remains America. 230435 It's whether we will leave to our children and grandchildren a country grounded in our highest ideals of freedom, free markets, and the unalienable right to life and liberty, or whether we will leave them a country that is fundamentally transformed into something else. We stand at a crossroads, America. 230458 President Trump has set our nation on a path of freedom and opportunity. Joe Biden would set America on a path of socialism and decline, but we're not going to let it happen. [ Applause ] 230520 President Donald Trump believes in America and in the goodness of the American people, the boundless potential of every American to live out their dreams in freedom and, every day, President Trump has been fighting to protect the promise of America. 230537 Every day our president has been fighting to expand the reach of the American dream. Every day president Donald Trump has been fighting for you. And now it's our turn to fight for him. (applause) 230603 On this night in the company of heroes, I'm deeply grateful. Deeply grateful for the privilege of serving as vice president of this great nation, and to have the opportunity to serve again. I pray to be worthy of it, and I will give that duty all that's in me. In the year 2020, the American people have had more than our share of challenges. But, thankfully, we have a president with the toughness, energy, and resolve to see us through. 220641 Now, those traits actually run in our national character. As the invading force learned on approach to this fort, in September of 1814, against fierce and sustained bombardment, our young country was defended by heroes, not so different from those who are with us tonight. The enemy was counting on them to quit, but they never did. 230718 Fort McHenry, held and when morning came, our flag was still here. [ Applause ] My fellow Americans, we're going through a time of testing. But if you look through the fog of these challenging times, you will see. Our flag is still there today. 230756 That star-spangled banner still waves over the land of the free and the home of the brave. From these hallowed grounds, American patriots in generations gone by did their part to defend freedom. Now it's our turn. So let's run the race marked out for us. 230829 Let's fix our eyes on old glory and all she represents. Let's fix our eyes on this land of heros. And let their courage inspire. And let's fix our eyes on the author and perfecter of our faith and our freedom. And never forget that where the spirit of the lord is, there's freedom. That means freedom always wins. [ Cheers and applause ] 230910 My fellow Americans, thank you for the honor of addressing you tonight and the opportunity to run and serve again as your vice president. I leave here today inspired. And I leave here today more convinced than ever that we will do in our time, as Americans have done throughout our long and storied past. We will defend our freedom and our way of life. We will reelect our president and principled Republican leaders across the land. 230948 And with president Donald Trump in the White House for four more years, and with god's help, we will make America great again. Again. [ Applause ] Thank you. God bless you. And god bless the United States of America. [ Cheers and applause ] 231035 [DONALD AND MELANIA TRUMP ENTER] 231132 ["FOUR MORE YEARS" CHANTS] 231212 [TRACE ADKINS SINGING "STAR SPANGLED BANNER"] 231449 [DONALD AND MELANIA TRUMP GO TO CROWD] #### RNC Night 3 (#1): Re-upping schedule and preview Good evening from Charlotte, Jacksonville, Jerusalem, my living room (again!) for night 3 of the Republican National Convention. We are less than an hour away from the start of the primetime program, on a night featuring several notable speakers, including Vice President Pence and Karen Pence; Sens. Marsha Blackburn and Joni Ernst; Reps. Dan Crenshaw, Elise Stefanik and Lee Zeldin; Kellyanne Conway and Kayleigh McEnany. Tonight's theme: "America Land of Heroes." Below this email you'll find tonight's full schedule, plus background, courtesy of Alisa and Terrance (though please note that much of it is off-the-record prior to air). Notes from tonight's proceedings will all come chained as replies to this email. Despite many speeches being pre-taped, we'll be on particular lookout for reactions to the Kenosha shooting and ongoing protests, and to Hurricane Laura, and will be sure to flag any related comments. RNC Night 3 (#2): Legislators highlight law enforcement within 'heroes' theme 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7Cbb369fea80ee4499b55908d84a25e978%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340874074699417&sdata=nqIX44I9Rb5fKP8Ad9ehf71kZX4nYJhSPgdNGjqRCMA%3D&reserved=0> After another Jon Voight-narrated video to begin the evening, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem -- who has worked her way into President Trump's good graces recently, particularly following Trump's July 4 trip to Mt. Rushmore -- gave the first noteworthy remarks, arguing that "our founding principles are under attack," and took an ominous and potentially pandemic-related shot at "so-called experts" while discussing civil liberties. "America is unique in the world. Government's power at all levels is limited to the confines of our Constitution, which protects our God-given liberties and civil rights. We are not - and will not - be the subjects of an elite class of so-called experts. We the people are the government." (20:37:30) Noem also compared President Trump to Abraham Lincoln -- a comparison Trump likes to make himself when it comes to advancing the lives of Black Americans. "When he was just 28 years old, Honest Abe saw wild and furious passions, "worse than savage mobs," he said, taking the place of reasoned judgment. He was alarmed by the increasing disregard for the rule of law throughout the country." (20:37:59) "He was concerned for the people who had seen their property destroyed, their families attacked, and their lives threatened or even taken away. These good people were becoming tired of, and disgusted with, a government that offered them no protection. Sound familiar?" (20:38:37) Later, Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee focused much of her remarks on "the heroes of our law enforcement and armed services" including some lines critics are likely to seize upon amid the uproar over the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Blackburn did not specifically mention the shooting. "Leftists turned them into villains. They want to cancel them. But I'm here to tell you, these heroes can't be cancelled." (20:44:53) "I see law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every single day to keep our community safe, in spite of the hatred thrown at them." (20:45:30) "They say, we can't gather in community groups, but encourage protests, riots, and looting in the streets." (20:47:14) Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw picked up on that theme in some ways, comparing the heroism he witnessed as a Navy SEAL to the everyday heroism across the country. Like Blackburn, Crenshaw took clear shots at Democrats and this summer's racial justice protests. "It's the cop that gets spit on one day and will save a child's life the next." (20:50:30) "Heroism is self-sacrifice, not moralizing and lecturing over others when they disagree. Heroism is grace, not perpetual outrage. Heroism is rebuilding our communities, not destroying them. Heroism is renewing faith in the symbols that unite us, not tearing them down." (20:50:50) RNC Night 3 (#3): Women's issues spotlighted; McEnany gets personal 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7Cb445ea48026d4e3315de08d84a295790%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340888949873480&sdata=yhcX97SjhJ8t6aFLp9ZmPV%2BMQMFo5e%2Bmtp5rx%2FL%2Fv7E%3D&reserved=0> After a video on the women's suffrage movement, a trio of prominent women spoke to the convention. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany delivered deeply personal remarks about her choice to undergo a preventative mastectomy in 2018 and President Trump's support both shortly after the procedure and later while working White House, while balancing motherhood. "During one of my most difficult times, I expected to have the support of my family, but I had more support than I knew. As I came out of anesthesia, one of the first calls I received was from Ivanka Trump. Days later, as I recovered, my phone rang. It was President Trump, calling to check on me. I was blown away. Here was the leader of the free world caring about me." (21:06:05) She also echoed some of Trump's language about community safety and squeezed in what appeared to be a reference to the DNC pledge of allegiance controversy. "When I look into my baby's eyes, I see a new life, a miracle for which I have a solemn responsibility to protect.That means protecting America's future- a future President Trump will fight for where our neighborhoods are protected, where life is sacred, where God is cherished-- not taken out of our schools, removed from our Pledge, and erased from our history. I want my daughter to grow up in President Donald Trump's America." (21:07:47) Next, Second Lady Karen Pence highlighted the work of the armed services, referencing the service of her son and son-in-law, members of the Marines and Navy, respectively, and the difficulty many veterans encounter with PTSD. Referencing the 19th Amendment's centennial, she also put out a blanket call for Americans to vote -- something the administration's critics would argue that her husband and President Trump are making it more difficult to do. "100 years ago women secured the right to vote, so let's vote, America. Let's honor our heroes." (21:14:30) Afterward, Kellyanne Conway, promoted Trump's efforts to elevate women within the administration and argued that "empowerment" comes neither from social media slogans or "corporate handbooks." "This has been a century worth celebrating, but also a reminder that our democracy is young and fragile. A woman in a leadership role still can seem novel. Not so for President Trump. For decades, he has elevated women to senior positions in business and in government. He confides in and consults us, respects our opinions, and insists that we are on equal footing with the men. President Trump helped me shatter a barrier in the world of politics by empowering me to manage his campaign to its successful conclusion." (21:15:47) "For many of us, "women's empowerment" is not a slogan. It comes not from strangers on social media or sanitized language in a corporate handbook. It comes from the everyday heroes who nurture us, who shape us, and who believe in us." (21:16:17) RNC Night 3 (#4): Speakers attack Biden on abortion, faith; Cawthorn challenges conservatives 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7C9e032392ab3c40f3ea6708d84a2f3ff7%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340914175930792&sdata=I9rwYPAb%2FYIoGR4Iei6PhXjpPNcBEXxOS2x0e%2BF9ImE%3D&reserved=0> Abortion was the common thread between the remarks of Sister Dede Byrne of the community of the Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, and former college football coach Lou Holtz. Byrne shared details of her career as an Army doctor before entering the religious order in 2002, and used the experience to make her position on reproductive rights abundantly clear. "As followers of Christ, we are called to stand up for life and against the politically correct or fashionable today. We must fight against a legislative agenda that supports and even celebrates destroying life in the womb. In fact, the laws we create define how we see our humanity. And we must ask ourselves, what are we saying when we go into a womb and snuff out an insignificant, powerless, voiceless life." (21:22:44) She went on to make an inflammatory claim about the positions of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on the issue. "Donald Trump is the most pro-life President that this nation has ever had, defending life at all stages. His belief in the sanctity of life transcends politics. President Trump will stand up against Biden/Harris who are the most anti-life presidential ticket ever, even supporting the horrors of late-term abortion and infanticide." (21:23:45) Holtz later pointed to the subject to explain his support of Trump, while launching another attack on Biden's faith. "One of the important reasons he has my trust is because nobody has been a stronger advocate for the unborn than President Trump. The Biden-Harris ticket is the most radically pro-abortion campaign in history. They and other politicians are "Catholics in Name Only" and abandon innocent lives. President Trump protects those lives." (21:27:23) Later, New York Rep. Elise Stefanik gave a relatively traditional convention speech, describing her upstate New York district and telling her American dream story: the first in her family to go to college, small business success and election as the youngest Republican woman in House history. She also touted her work as a member of President Trump's impeachment defense (only the second mention of the word "impeachment" in three days), using it to bash the media and Democrats, who she later also characterized in now-boilerplate fashion as socialists. "President Trump has fought tirelessly to deliver results for all Americans, despite the Democrats' baseless and illegal impeachment sham and the media's endless obsession with it. I was proud to lead the effort standing up for the Constitution, President Trump, and most importantly the American people. This attack was not just on the President, it was an attack on you - your voice and your vote." (21:35:09) "But the American people were not swayed by these partisan attacks. Our support for President Trump is stronger than ever before." (21:35:23) From a former "Baby of the House" to the potential next holder of that title. 25-year-old North Carolina 11th Congressional District candidate Madison Cawthorn spoke of the car accident that left him partially paralyzed at 18, but of his decision, in its aftermath to "fight for our future" after his wheelchair initially made him feel "invisible." "This is a time of great adversity for our country. And I know something about adversity." (21:37:26) Cawthorn noted that several of the Founding Fathers had their first tastes of government and military leadership in their 20s (though he incorrectly claimed James Madison signed the Declaration of Independence - h/t Kelsey Walsh) "In times of peril, young people saved this country abroad and at home. We held the line, scaled cliffs, crossed oceans, liberated camps and cracked codes." (21:39:32) Interestingly, he also issued a charge to his fellow Republicans, challenging them to be clearer about their ideas and policies. "To conservatives, let's define what we support and win the argument in areas like health care and the environment." (21:40:31) There was also a nice moment at the end of his remarks during which Cawthorn stood while reciting part of the Pledge of Allegiance. (21:41:23) RNC Night 3 (#5): Remarks on China, coronavirus, agriculture as speakers jump topic-to-topic 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7C92c74d7709dd43420f5c08d84a31c317%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340924953504603&sdata=kbPL5btX2PfhIypqyawNq7oWfP9p3rij4sL3FHlbKTU%3D&reserved=0> Chinese dissident Chen Guangchen described that country's Communist Party as an "enemy of humanity" and accused it of covering up the coronavirus pandemic, while criticizing the Obama-Biden administration for a policy of "appeasement." "The U.S. must use its values of freedom, democracy, and the role of law to gather a coalition of other democracies to stop CCP's aggression. President Trump has led on this, and we need the other countries to join him in this fight. A fight for our future. Standing up to fight and fairness isn't easy. I know. So does President Trump. But he has shown the courage to lead that fight." (21:48:56) New York Rep. Lee Zeldin, who had been listed earlier in the schedule, but spoke over midway through, devoted a larger proportion of his remarks to the pandemic than nearly any other speaker through the first three days. Zeldin spoke of the health challenges faced by his daughters before turning to the efforts undertaken by the administration to combat the coronavirus. "When I learned my county's PPE stockpile was depleted, I immediately thought of those healthcare workers who saved my baby girls. Jared Kushner and I were on the phone late into that Saturday night. The very next day, President Trump announced he was sending us 200,000 N-95 masks. He actually delivered almost 400,000. That number quickly grew to 1.2 million masks, gowns, and more. The President sent thousands of ventilators to New York. He deployed the USS Comfort and converted the Javits Center to a field hospital." (21:51:25) "His administration authorized our lab testing requests at blinding speed. During a once in a century pandemic, an unforeseeable crisis sent to us from a far away land, the president's effort for New York was phenomenal." (21:51:56) Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa, in the midst of a competitive campaign of her own, spoke about the recent derecho that wiped out one-third of the state's crops, and thanked Trump for immediately approving disaster aid. She further honed-in on agriculture while criticizing Democrats, and making a few less-than-truthful claims about the Green New Deal "I can't recall an administration more hostile to farmers than Obama-Biden, unless you count the Biden-Harris ticket. The Democratic Party of Joe Biden is pushing this so-called Green New Deal. If given power, they would essentially ban animal agriculture and eliminate gas-powered cars. It would destroy the agriculture industry, not just here in Iowa, but throughout the country." (21:57:31) RNC Night 3 (#6): Lara Trump on meeting the family; Richard Grenell on foreign policy and 'charming' Merkel 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7C9f499e9f2dcc4065864108d84a36bfa5%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340946365837028&sdata=V9WrWu5Icu9soTZ80sBjYwGIVi3EzRPplTR01rO0%2BSM%3D&reserved=0> (Pence highlights TK via Gomez; h/t to Farrell, Gingello, Johnson, Levine, & McNish for the logs) Lara Trump, the president's daughter-in-law, and a now-seasoned public speaker and advocate through her role as a campaign adviser, gave another only-in-this-country speech, in which she spoke of her small business-owner parents and her New York City dreams, while offering a peek behind the curtain of the Trump family and highlighting women's issues yet again. "Any preconceived notion I had of this family disappeared immediately. They were warm and caring, they were hard workers, and they were down to earth. They reminded me of my own family - they made me feel like I was home." (22:04:53) "Walking the halls of the Trump Organization, I saw the same family environment. I also saw, first-hand, the countless women executives who thrived there, year after year." (22:05:22) She went on to detail how she became involved in the 2016 campaign, claiming his trust in her was a reflection of his support of all women, and perhaps reveling her father-in-law's lax employment vetting standards. "Though I had no political experience, he believed in me and supported me - he knew I was capable even if I didn't." (22:05:50) "So, it didn't surprise me when President Donald Trump appointed the most women to senior level positions of any administration in history. The Secretary of the United Nations, Secretary of the Air Force, the first female CIA Director, the first African American female director of the Fish and Wildlife service and countless ambassadors, just to name a few." (22:05:58) "He didn't do these things to gain a vote or to check a box - he did them because they are the right things to do." (22:06:43) After later pledging that the president will "keep America America," Lara Trump made a personal appeal to undecided voters, referencing her seventh grade teacher who once told her to "believe none of what you hear, half of what you read and only what you're there to witness firsthand." "If you're watching tonight and wrestling with your vote on November 3rd, I implore you: tune out the distorted news and biased commentary and hear it straight from someone who knows. I wasn't born a Trump. I'm from the South. I was raised a Carolina girl. I went to public schools and worked my way through a state university. Mrs. B from my seventh grade English class was right - what I learned about our president is different than what you might have heard." (22:09:27) "I learned that he is a good man. That he loves his family. That he didn't need this job. That no one on Earth works harder for the American people. That he's willing to fight for his beliefs, and for the people -- and the country -- that he loves." (22:09:57) Later, former Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell harkened back to 2016, touting Trump, who, during that cycle's debates "stood alone and said in public what most Americans thought in private." "No candidate could bring themselves to admit that something had gone badly wrong with American foreign policy. That the American voter, the American soldier, and the American taxpayer, had all been let down. Except for one - Donald Trump. He called America's endless wars what they were: A disaster." (22:19:10) Grenell, also the former ambassador to Germany, stuck mostly to foreign policy and characterized the president as a savvy diplomat who still managed to negotiate like a businessman. "I've watched President Trump charm the Chancellor of Germany, while insisting that Germany pay its NATO obligations. I was proud to witness President Trump say to foreign leaders: "I don't blame you for wanting America to pay for your security. I actually respect you for out-negotiating the Presidents before me. But it stops with me. I won't let the American taxpayer be taken advantage of." (22:21:26) He also praised Trump's national security and defense record, arguing that a perspective rooted in nationalism had been unfairly criticized. "In four years, Donald Trump didn't start any new wars. He brought troops home. He rebuilt the military, and signed peace deals that make Americans safer. The Washington elites want you to think this kind of foreign policy is immoral. And so they call it "nationalist." That tells you all you need to know. The DC crowd thinks when they call Donald Trump a nationalist, they're insulting him. As if the American president isn't supposed to base foreign policy on America's national interests." (22:22:03) Turning to Joe Biden and the Democratic Party, Grenell honed in on Biden's age and questioned his efficacy as a leader given his long tenure in Washington. "Don't be fooled - the Washington establishment is trying to sell you on their candidate. Joe Biden was first elected to the Senate in 1972. 48 years ago." (22:23:58) "It's actually the typical Washington story. Just this year, 22 Democrats ran for President. They rejected all the outsiders, and nominated the ultimate Washington insider. Someone they had to pull out of retirement. Every time Joe Biden offers a new idea, you should ask yourself: "Why didn't he try that over the last 48 years?" (22:24:24)
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP CAMPAIGN RALLY IN LOUISIANA - large audience
2045 WH TRUMP LOUISIANA RALLY FS25 75 20:49:12 TRUMP: Thank you very much. Thank you, Minnesota. This is a great state. We're going to win the state in a very short period of time. Thank you. (APPLAUSE) This feels like the day before the election. (APPLAUSE) So we have 20,000 plus people inside; we just set a new record. (APPLAUSE) And we have 25,000 people that we still love outside. (APPLAUSE) And close to 100,000 people wanted to come tonight. Thank you all. This is great. This is great. Thank you. (APPLAUSE) 20:50:02 I want to thank our great Vice President Mike Pence and Karen Pence for being here tonight. (APPLAUSE) It is great to be back in the Twin Cities with the freedom-loving American patriots who make our country run, you know that. You know it. For the next 13 months--think of that. It seems like yesterday, for the next 13 months we are going to fight with all of our heart and soul and we are going to win the great State of Minnesota in 2020. (APPLAUSE) 20:50:49 American now has the number one economy anywhere in the world, and it is not even close. (APPLAUSE) You know I'm dealing with China right now, they are in Washington, we are going to see if we make a deal. If they want to make it we're going to determine whether or not we want to make it, but they have been very nice, and today I got a call from one of the top representatives he said congratulations, Mr. President on having a truly great, great economy. That's pretty nice. (APPLAUSE) We picked up since the election trillions of dollars in value, and China has lost trillions of dollars in value. I will say this-- (APPLAUSE) --if our opponent had won that election you know what would have happened right now China would become the--it would be the number one economy anywhere in the world and right now I can tell you they are not even close. (APPLAUSE) 20:52:13 Our country is stronger than ever before because we are proudly putting for the first time in a long time we are putting America first. (APPLAUSE) UNKNOWN: USA. USA. USA. USA. USA. USA. USA. USA. USA. USA. TRUMP: And I have to say there are a lot of very beautiful red T-shirts in the audience. (APPLAUSE) 20:53:01 That was a record sale they did very well, and I will tell you what cops love Trump, Trump loves cops. (APPLAUSE) Our bold pursuit of this pro-American agenda has enraged, and you know what has happened, it has in reached the failed ruling class in Washington, not easy to get them out but we are doing it slowly but surely. (APPLAUSE) These corrupt politicians and the radical leftists got rich bleeding America dry, and they knew that my election would finally end their pillaging and looting of our country, and that is what they were doing, and that is what they continue to try and do. That is why from day one the wretched Washington swamp has been trying to nullify the results of a truly great and democratic election, the election of 2016. They are trying, they are not getting very far. (APPLAUSE) 20:54:16 They want to erase your vote like it never existed; they want to were raise your voice, and they want to erase your future. (BOOING) But they will fail because in America the people rule again. (APPLAUSE) Do you remember that just 19 minutes after I raised my hand and took the Oval Office the Washington Post, a terrible newspaper-- (BOOING) --that doesn't know how to write the truth published a story, and in this case they might have gotten it prettying correct, they said the campaign to impeach President Trump has begun. That was the headline. Little did we know they weren't playing games. (BOOING) 20:55:19 Think of that, that was 19 minutes after the oath of office. Months earlier Peter Strzok-- (BOOING) Remember he and his lover Lisa Page, what a group. She's going to win 10 million to 1 she's going to win I'm telling you, Peter. I'm telling you Peter she's going to win Peter. Oh, I love you so much. (APPLAUSE) I love you, Peter. I look you too, Lisa. Lisa, I love you. Lisa, Lisa. Oh God I love you Lisa. 20:56:13 And if she doesn't when Lisa we've got an insurance policy, Lisa. We'll get that son of a bitch out. We've got an insurance policy, and we're living through that insurance policy that's what it is the phony Russia hoax-- (BOOING) Lisa, I love you. Now the do-nothing Democrat con artists and scammers are getting desperate. Thirteen months they've got to move fast because they are not beating us at the polls and they know it despite the phony--despite the phony polls that you see all of the time. They are phony polls. You know polls are no different remember I always used to talk about polls. Polls are no different than crooked writers. They are crooked polls. They are crooked polls. No different. 20:57:14 Boy, that's a lot of media. Look back there. That's a lot of media. (BOOING) They are so dishonest, and frankly they are so bad for our country. (APPLAUSE) They are so bad, and they could be so good for our country, they could be so good, and maybe they will change and maybe they won't. I've been waiting for a long time. You know, after I won the last election I said you know finally it's okay; finally I will get some great press. They got worse. They got worse. I said finally we are going to get--I said to the First Lady darling we are to finally get respect, we are finally going to get media press coverage that's going to be great. Look at what we've done, and I'm telling you they did they got worse. 20:58:18 And they know they cannot win-- (BOOING) You understand. Well if you didn't understand honestly there's no way anyone could win because you'd believe them if you believe them there's no way anyone could (INAUDIBLE). I could do the greatest things in history, and they will make them bad to very bad, and if I do a neutral, something neutral, it worked out okay, not great it's like give him the electric chair that was terrible. Right? No, this is the worst. These people and the Democrats they are partners, it's a partnership. How about on the newscast like the word manufactured, it's manufact--every newscast in a manufactured deal along the border the word has never been used but all of the sudden every newscast is using. It's a talking point given to these fakers by the Democrats. (APPLAUSE) 20:59:28 So they know they can't win the 2020 election, so they are pursuing the insane impeachment witch hunt. I've been going through it now-- (BOOING) I've been going through it now for more time than I've been in office because you know like Strzok with his insurance deal this was before remember this, this was before--that was made months before I took office. That statement was made months before the election took place. They said just in case we are going to have an insurance policy that only means one thing we are going to get him out, so they are telling us can't let that ever happen again to another president. (APPLAUSE) And Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity a lot of people-- (APPLAUSE) 21:00:34 The great Mark Levin, we have a lot of great people. (APPLAUSE) Lou Dobbs, great people. You know what they said? Every one of them plus many others, there is no other man that we have ever met who could have taken that it; that is true. Maybe I'm a little different up here I don't know, but I enjoy it. To me, it's--I'm energized because we are draining the swamp. (APPLAUSE) UNKNOWN: Drain the swamp. Drain the swamp. Drain the swamp. Drain the swamp. TRUMP: The Democrats' brazen attempt to overthrow our government will produce a backlash at the ballot box the likes of which they have never ever seen before in the history of this country. (APPLAUSE) 21:01:50 These are bad people. My phone call as an example with the president of Ukraine was perfect. Everybody that looked at it, and the only reason I released it was that the Democrats put out a phony narrative, so I had no choice, and I don't want to do that as president. Every time a president from a country calls me or I call them, we have to release the text. How can you do business that way? Who is going to want to speak to your president? So the president of Ukraine reiterated today that a major news conference on other subjects that he was under absolutely no pressure he doesn't know what they're talking about and he used the word there was no blackmail during this call. He used that term. (APPLAUSE) So, in theory, that should be the end of it. Think of it a president of the United States who has made our economy with a lot of help from all of you frankly but from Mike and from some of our great senators and some of our great people that we have with us we made this the strongest economy in our history, we have rebuilt our military, we are taking care of healthcare like nobody has been able to do. What we have done is incredible, and by the way we are protecting your second amendment. If you don't have me your second amendment is gone. (APPLAUSE) 21:03:24 So we have the greatest economy, the greatest military. We have rebuilt our military $2.5 trillion because when I took it over, it was a mess, and what do they want to do? Let's impeach our president, right? I don't think so. (BOOING) I don't think so. I think we're going to have a turnout the likes of which we've never seen in the history of our country. (APPLAUSE) So we were really forced just to put it away--we were forced I said just do it got the approval from the Ukraine. I have to ask. I said hey do you guys mind they said that's a strange request they said don't worry about it. Do you mind and they said please, go ahead nothing was said wrong in that call? So we released the transcript of the call, which was so good that that crooked Adam Schiff--this guy is crooked. (BOOING) 21:04:30 He had to make up a fake conversation that never happened, and he delivered it to the United States Congress and the American people. (BOOING) It was a total fraud, and then Nancy Pelosi said oh, I think the president said that. (BOOING) These people are sick; I'm telling you they are sick. And you know what? Had they waited one day long they would have had the transcript of the actual call word for word it would've been perfect. Instead they released it, they went early. They said all of these horrible things you know why because they never thought in 1 million years that I was going to release a transcript of the call. That's true. (APPLAUSE) 21:05:35 So Nancy Pelosi upon hearing a false story from a whistleblower that had no clue what was going on in that call or somebody gave her very bad advice but also hearing it from shifty Schiff, Nancy Pelosi said a day before seeing the transcript of the call with the Ukrainian president we've got to impeach him, we've got to impeach him. Right? And then she saw the call, and she said to her people what the hell nobody ever told me this was the call. But she keeps going in a way because the press is fake and they play right into their hands. (BOOING) The do-nothing Democrat extremist have gone so far left that they believe it should not be a crime to cross our border illegally, and it should be a crime to have a totally appropriate casual beautiful accurate phone call with a foreign leader. I don't think so. (APPLAUSE) 21:06:49 As our brilliant White House counsel wrote to the Democrats yesterday, he said they are highly partisan and unconstitutional effort threatens grave and lasting damage to our democratic institutions, to our system of free elections and to the American people, and that is what it is to the American people it is so terrible. Democrats are on a crusade to destroy our democracy that is what is happening. We will never let it happen, we will defeat them. (APPLAUSE) I mean look at their debates. These people are crazy; they want to spend $99 trillion to redo buildings all over the United States. I said what about China, what about Russia, what about India what about all of these other countries all that stuff is just (INAUDIBLE)-- (BOOING) 21:08:00 It's all right. Let him give you the answer. Man, did the cops act fast? He's already gone. (APPLAUSE) Man, that's unbelievable. That's the fastest--you know I have--look I love law enforcement I love the cops, I love the police I love it. Minneapolis, Minneapolis, you've got a rotten mayor. You've got to change your mayor. You've got a bad mayor. (BOOING) You've got a bad mayor, but you know what? The police--I've done this a lot, and every once in a while we'll have--very little disturbance, it's really--actually is there any place where we could have more fun than at a Trump rally? (APPLAUSE) 21:09:03 And we have set every record at everyplace virtually that we've gone and one of the big musicians said, and Trump does it without a guitar. Can you believe it without a guitar? But this guy so I've had in the lot where but sometimes it will take the police like 30 seconds, 50 seconds it's like Roger Penske when you watch him who's getting the Presidential Medal of Freedom by the way very soon. (APPLAUSE) He won 18 Indy 500s--18, Roger Penske. But it's like the way they change those tires. It takes four seconds to change a whole damn thing. I say how the hell do they do it? That is the way these cops just reacted. (APPLAUSE) That was a record. I think it was a record. I've had good service, but I never had anything like that I look up the guy is already gone. We love you with the red shirts. 21:10:02 So now the Democrats are making a pathetic bid to save the sleepy Joe, Sleepy Joe Biden. (BOOING) And you know what I would love to run against him, to be honest. Anybody like that if you can't beat him in a debate you've got a big problem folks. If you can't beat him in a debate you can't be president because what are you going to do against President Xi and Kim Jong-un? You can't beat Sleepy Joe, but now we're going to meet with Kim Jong-un. I don't think so. But he's totally owned and totally controlled by the Washington swamp for many years. Two months after President Obama put Joe in charge of Ukraine policy--they put Joe Biden in charge of Ukraine policy. Listen to this, and the press will not write it. They say in totally unsubstantiated charges every time they talk about him, President Trump has said that his son walked away with a fortune now you know that the totally unsubstantiated charge. Really? 21:11:10 It's not unsubstantiated it's fact. Joe's son Hunter got thrown out of the Navy, and then he became a genius on Wall Street in about two days. By the way whatever happened to Hunter? Where the hell is he? (APPLAUSE) Where is Hunter? Hey, fellas, I have an idea for a new T-shirt. I love the cops but let's do another T-shirt. Where's Hunter. Where is he? Here's Hunter being examined by Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd or some of these people. 21:11:59 Hunter it's so great that you're here, sir. Hunter I know they're giving you approximately $168,000 a month; I hear they paid you a big check of $3 million. I just want to speak on behalf of NBC who is absolutely one of the worst. (BOOING) I just want to tell you, Hunter--Hunter, I just want to tell you I couldn't be happier for you and your family and I know you don't know anything about energy and I know it's an energy company but I think they made a great deal, Hunter. And then they fly to China, and I'm dealing with people right now they're tough as hell those Chinese negotiators and Hunter who's not too smart Hunter he goes in, he has a meeting he walks out in his fund with $1.5 billion with a B, $1.5 billion. (BOOING) 21:13:03 These aren't the same Chinese negotiators that I'm dealing with I can tell you. These are not the same ones but we are doing very well. Now think of it where is Hunter? (INAUDIBLE) so where is Hunter? I want to see Hunter asked these--Hunter, you know nothing about energy, you know nothing about Chi--you know nothing about anything frankly. Hunter you are a loser. Why did you get $1.5 billion, Hunter? (APPLAUSE) And your father was never considered smart, he was never considered a good senator, he was only a good vice president because he understood how to kiss Barack Obama's ass. (APPLAUSE) 21:14:28 True. Thank you. Thank you. It's true. It's true. And they are always saying the same thing. Yeah, he got $1.5 billion. We admit it, they admit it, there's nothing but always that same thing. President Trump made a totally unsubstantiated claim about Hunter Biden and his father. It's not unsubstantiated you crooked son of the guns, it's 100 percent true. (APPLAUSE) 100 percent. (APPLAUSE) Even the smart guys on Wall Street and I know all of them, and they are smart; they have never seen anything like that one before. I've called them. Has that ever happened? Never happens. Guy walks in no experience, no nothing walks out with $1.5 billion. Gee, flies in on Air Force 2 with his father, the vice president. 21:15:38 Don't forget that is when he was vice president. So China gives his son $1.5 billion. How would you like to have Joe Biden take over negotiations right now with China? I don't think so. (BOOING) I don't think so. Meanwhile, Biden allowed China to rip off America for eight years as vice president, and Barack Obama let him just rob us blind, and we are not doing that anymore. Those days are over. (APPLAUSE) The Bidens got rich and that is substantiated while America got robbed; that is what happened. 21:16:24 Sleepy Joe and his friend sold out America, they didn't have tough negotiations. I look at these trade deals, and I say who the hell could have done this. If you didn't--if you had no business instinct, no business ability. If you had nothing, if you're dumb as hell you wouldn't make these deals they are so bad. I say who made these deals? Who made these deals? But we are ripping them all up and redoing them, and they're going to be very good wait until you see what happens. (APPLAUSE) And now that I'm your president, you see it, America is winning again, and we are respected again as a nation. (APPLAUSE) UNKNOWN: USA. USA. USA. USA. USA. USA. 21:17:35 TRUMP: And in a brand-new report just came out as I'm walking on the stage hard to believe actually it turns out that Joe Biden was vice president he worked with the so-called whistleblower. (BOOING) This is nothing but a partisan witch hunt sabotage, and I'm sure they are going to say it's totally unsubstantiated, but one of them wrote the story. Congratulations, by the way. Congratulations that's very nice. That's really good. That is the way you should do it good, good, good. (APPLAUSE) In the twisted worldview of Democrats and the media, it's okay for politicians to ship our jobs to foreign countries, flood our communities with drugs and crime and enrich themselves at America's expense. 21:18:31 Their treachery is allowed because they go along with the rigged Washington game, and it is far more rigged when I ran I thought it was rigged, but this is crazy what's happening. But if you refuse to bow or bend to the Washington swamp, which I could do very easily I'd be much more popular. Folks, I'd be--it would be so much easier. You know a very smart--I gotta tell you, I've got to tell you. Isn't it much better when I go off script? Isn't that better? (APPLAUSE) So much better. It's just--it's just. Hey, folks, the greatest buyer of advertisements in the history of the world Mike Lindell. Mike, hello. (APPLAUSE) 21:19:39 I have never seen so many ads. I think he is the greatest add negotiator in history. (APPLAUSE) And I told him I said would you do me a favor all of the money we spend on these political campaigns if I gave some of that money to Mike I think we would have ads every single minute of every single show. (APPLAUSE) I never saw so many ads. (APPLAUSE) Anyway, but the lawless political establishment will try to frame you, they will persecute you, they do will swear and just swear up and down that they are telling the truth. When Nancy Pelosi was on television the other day-- (BOOING) --I have to say, I have to say I was very proud of George Stephanopoulos. I was very proud. It's not often. 21:20:32 She said no, no, no shifty Schiff told the truth when he said that. Stephanopoulos said no wait a minute no, no, it wasn't the truth. It was a false statement. No, no it was the truth. He said no, and she really believes it. So she's either got one of two problems she's either really stupid, okay, or she's really lost it, or maybe there's a certain dishonesty in there someplace. (APPLAUSE) But they smear you, they spy on you, and they target your friends, your family, your staff for harassment, for abuse, for destruction. I came down to Washington with incredible people, we won a great political campaign. They were bright-eyed and bushytailed; we know that is a nice phrase. They came down, they were happy, they wanted to turn the country around. They wanted to do great things. All of the sudden, they get some, and they get subpoenaed by Robert Mueller. How good was he is a witness? Not too good. (BOOING) 21:21:37 And by people that were, I call them the 13 angry Democrats that turned into 18 angry Democrats. It was disgraceful. So people that were going down, sir, what is this? I look wow, that's a subpoena. What the hell is this? They took people--I really mean this, they took people that were full of life and energy and vigor--we had just won the greatest campaign in the history of American politics, it's true. It's true. And they destroyed their lives, they destroyed their lives. They went home. I could name many people one in particular who came down an incredible young woman she was going to help people, she wanted to help people, she had causes that were so good she wanted to help people, and she ended up going home dark, dark, her life became hell. They ruined people, they destroyed--they destroyed people, good people, people that ended up paying far more money in legal fees than they made, than they made. 21:22:57 They destroyed great people. They are vicious, horrible and the media was behind every single step. (BOOING) They destroyed so many lives. They destroyed so many lives, and they are continuing to do it, and it's a disgrace. When all of their ludicrous hoaxes have been exposed as frauds these sinister fakers then tried to impeach you for daring to call out their own corruption. There is nothing like the dirty political establishment, and I will have to tell you this is you know a friend of mine very smart, brilliant guy was with me about two weeks to go. We just got rid of the Russia hoax, and then a week later the Ukraine hoax starts. I had a week of like I can think about everything perfect; it's so beautiful, and he said president. 21:24:02 I said call me Donald, you've called me Donald for 35 years. I will. Thank you, Donald. I have lost all of my friends because they're all scared to talk like you know honestly I'm the president they can't talk to me anymore. It's like they are afraid, they respect the office. It's true. They say, president. I say do me a favor Richard you've called me Donald for 35 years call me Donald please. I want somebody to call me Donald. It's true. It's true. UNKNOWN: Donald. Donald. Donald. Donald. Donald. Donald. TRUMP: He said to me I just told him call me--he said president--I can't do it he said. So he says president you have been here now for think of it almost 3 years; can you believe we are here three years? We--we, it's we. (APPLAUSE) 21:25:10 And we have to promise them no more than 16 years, okay? No more. No more. 16 more years. I'm only kidding. (APPLAUSE) Now they will go back see, he wants to run for more. But he said--he said president could I ask you a question, it's so important to me. You deal--he's a great businessman, very successful. He said you deal with all of these nations, these great powerful--who is the worst to deal with? Is it China? Is it North Korea? Is it India, is it Russia? Please tell me, Mr. Pres--who is the toughest nation to deal with? I said you're not going to believe this; it's the USA is the toughest nation to deal with. The USA. (APPLAUSE) It's true. Because we are dealing with some very sick and arranged people. (BOOING) 21:26:11 It's true. There's nothing that the dirty political establishment hates more than a president that they cannot intimidate, own, and control. (APPLAUSE) They are trying to stop me because they know that I don't answer to them, I answer to you, it's true. (APPLAUSE) You know I never say this, I don't think I have ever said in a speech, but they'll find out if I did then they will give me Pinocchio's he said it before, but I don't know if I ever said this, but you know I make as president about $450,000. I give it away. No, wait. (APPLAUSE) I don't care. I don't care. 21:26:59 I never hear anything. Can you imagine if I didn't? I give it away to--you can only give it--you can't keep it, you can't actually make a gift. You can give it to your different agencies so I can give it to health, I can give it to transportation, I can give it to military, but I give it away all of the time every--now--and if I ever did, but it's 450. If somebody stays from let's say a Middle East country in one of my hotels, and we charge them $392.53 for staying, and I never heard of the guy, and I don't want to hear about him they say Trump is getting rich off our nation. I lose billions being president and I don't care, it's nice to be rich I guess, but I lose billions. If somebody rents a room someplace and they pay me two months in rent or hotel fees I never heard of the people, I never know who they are they say emoluments. Nobody ever heard of the word emoluments before. Emoluments. 21:28:08 It's the craziest thing I have ever seen. I tell you it's cost me billions of dollars to be president it really has, and at some point I will probably have to prove that, and I look forward to doing it. It's very easy. It's very easy. (APPLAUSE) And there is nothing that makes me happier than making that decision to run and win and straighten out the mess that these people have created. (APPLAUSE) So in a desperate attempt to attack our movement, Nancy and Chuck, two beauties have given control of the Democrat Party entirely over to the radical left, including Minnesota's own representative Ilhan Omar. (BOOING) 21:29:19 You know I know you people. I know you people. I know the people of Minnesota, and I want to tell you and I also at the same time it is both a question and a statement. How the hell did that ever happen? How did it happen? How did it happen? Congresswoman Omar is an American-hating socialist. She minimized the September 11 attack on our homeland-- (BOOING) Where far more than 3000 people died, saying some people did something. Big deal. Some people did something. (BOOING) 21:30:04 She pleaded for compassion for ISIS recruits right here in Minnesota. Omar laughed that Americans speak of Al Qaeda. Remember that tape? Speak of Al Qaeda but what we say, but when we say something about the United States, you just don't say America with any intensity. Remember that? Representative Omar has a history of launching virulent anti-Semitic (INAUDIBLE) whether you like it or not. She said the U.S. support for Israel is all about the Benjamin's. She said that pro-Israel lawmakers have an allegiance to a foreign country. 21:31:04 Omar wrote that Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them to see the evil doings of Israel and the United States. (BOOING) How do you have such a person representing you in Minnesota? I am very angry at you people right now. She is a disgrace to our country, and she is one of the big reasons that I am going to win, and the Republican Party is going to win Minnesota in 13 months. (APPLAUSE) UNKNOWN: Four more years. Four more years. Four more years. Four more years. Four more years. Four more years. 21:32:16 TRUMP: Thank you very much. So we are honored to have with us today a special guest, a man that really is a terrific talented writer. He knows a great deal about all of those tangled lies of Omar. Mr. Scott Johnson of Power Line. He wrote some stuff I can't believe it. Where Scott? Where is Scott? (APPLAUSE) Thank you, Scott. Thank you, Scott. What a job. Man, do you have her figured out. The only problem is Scott; it is incredible talent, much more talented than most of these people than you heard about. The problem is they never pick it up. 21:33:01 They don't want to pick it up, but we pick it up, Scott, and the people get it, and we thank you for your great reporting. Thank you. Thank you very much. (APPLAUSE) And Scott reported everything about Omar is a fraud, including her name. Scott reports his sources told him that quote Omar's legal husband was Omar's brother and that she had married him for fraudulent purposes. You mean like coming into the United States maybe? (BOOING) And as Scott says, we have seen a plethora of congressional scandals in our history yet we have never seen scandals like Omar's in Congress and nothing gets done about it. I hope, I hope that some of you people are looking. 21:34:06 Because what AOC has gotten away with campaign financing and what I call it AOC plus three, that's what it is and Omar is one of the three, what AOC has gotten away with all of that money that she used for her personal self with campaign finance is worse and nothing happens to them but it happens to you, and it's not fair. (APPLAUSE) The fact is we are in a struggle for the survival of democracy in America. The only message these radical socialists and extremists will understand is a crushing defeat on November 3, 2020. (APPLAUSE) 21:34:57 With your help, we will win back the House. We will keep the Senate, and we will win the White House. (APPLAUSE) And we are thrilled to be joined tonight by some incredible people that have helped me so much, one of your tremendous talented, tough Congressman Tom Emmer. Tom? (APPLAUSE) Also a man you don't want to fight him, and you don't want to play him in hockey because he was tough, he just won not that recently but pretty recently when I was out here campaigning for him and working hard, and it turned out to be an easy race because everyone loves him and respects him, Congressman Pete Stauber. (APPLAUSE) And a man who gets in the trenches and he just doesn't care, he wants to win for the people. He loves you, he loves this state, he loves this country, Jim Hagedorn. (APPLAUSE) 21:36:07 And a great friend of mine with his incredible family he's a friend, he's smart, I guess you would say he's brilliant, his education is incredible, his military career has been incredible then he ran for office and now he is a United States senator from the great state of Arkansas, Senator Tom Cotton. (APPLAUSE) Great guy. And Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka. Paul? Thank you, Paul. Minnesota GOP Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan. She has been incredible. (APPLAUSE) 21:37:09 I said Jennifer, are we going to win in 13 months? She said honestly, sir. I've never seen anything like this, it's going to be easy. Don't ever say that, just assume we are like two points behind, okay? Two points behind. You never ever please always just assume you are a little behind, but we are going to win the state by so much that people are going to be shocked. (APPLAUSE) And plenty of other states, too. (APPLAUSE) You know we had a rally three weeks ago in New Mexico, and New Mexico is a hard state for Republicans, hasn't been won in a long time also, and we had receptivity that was unbelievable. The audience was 40 percent Hispanic where we are doing great. (APPLAUSE) And you know Hispanic they understand borders better than anybody, better than we do. They understand safety, they understand their job, they don't want people taking it away, they don't want crime, they understand it better. That is why we are doing so well. 21:38:17 But we are in New Mexico, and I am telling you that was electric, but honestly all evenings are electric. We haven't had any bad ones. We haven't. (APPLAUSE) They are electric. (APPLAUSE) A woman who headed up the great State of Michigan for me, a state that hadn't been won in a long time by a Republican, whatever reason, but it hadn't been won. I guess we didn't have the right candidates, right? (APPLAUSE) But a woman who would call me constantly. I would say I don't want to talk to her, she's giving me a headache. Sir, if you make one more trip, you are going to win Michigan. I said all right, I make the trip, I go back home. I get a call the next morning. Sir, we need one more. This went over and over and over. 21:39:06 And we ended up winning the state of Michigan. (APPLAUSE) And I said, who the hell was that woman that kept bugging me to go back to Michigan and speak just one more time every week, one more time, sir. And her name is Ronna McDaniel, she is fantastic, and she is the head of the RNC. (APPLAUSE) She is great. And our campaign manager, a man who has really been you know they used to say that crooked Hillary had a very, very sophisticated campaign. After she lost I said I guess it wasn't sophisticated. We had a sophisticated campaign. Nobody knows the world of computers better than this guy, Brad Parscale. (APPLAUSE) 21:40:04 Remember when they used to say it? You know I never got credit, my father used to teach me if you can do it for less and win that's good. He wasn't talking politics. The last thing he is looking down, and he is definitely looking down, not looking up. He was great. He was tough, but he was good, but my father, my father would say if you can do it for less and win, that's a good thing, not a bad thing. If you can build a building for less money than the guy across the street and if it's a nicer building and you can rent for less you're really--that's like a good thing. So in the campaign we spent much less money than crooked Hillary Clinton, much and we won, and we won. (APPLAUSE) We won. 306 to 223 that's a pretty big--remember? Remember they said the Electoral College and by the way when you run if you are running the Electoral College is like the 100-yard dash and the total vote you don't go certain places, you focus, Electoral College we have to explain to them it's different. So we won 306. 21:41:13 Do you remember they used to say one is the 100-yard dash you practice, one is the mile, you practice. It's a different race. Winning the total vote is much easier in my opinion. The Electoral College I had to go to 22 different states. For the total vote, I would go to like for states maximum. Right? Much easier. It's much easier. I am all for it, but the Electoral College is better for our country because it forces you to go places that you wouldn't go. I love Maine, I went to Maine four or five times. I needed one point. Maine gave me one point, and what happened, what happened I went there numerous times. Everyone said, why? Because I was told by these fraudsters back here in the media that Trump--Trump cannot get to 270, he cannot get- 21:42:06 They had me maximum if everything worked, right at 269 so I kept going to Maine and you know what? We won that one point in Maine. (APPLAUSE) But I kept going. They say why. I say well, first of all, it is really a beautiful place, but we won the point, but they said he cannot get to 270, I heard this for months and months I had such a headache almost as bad as listening to Mike's damn commercials about those pillows. Maybe I need one of those pillows to cure my headache. Does it cure headaches? I think so. But--but here is the thing, here is the thing. So they said he cannot get to 270. In other words you can't when you don't get to 270 so you can't win, right? He cannot do it, there is no way of doing it, and they were right, I got to 306. (APPLAUSE) 21:43:06 They were right. But I didn't get to 306, you got to 306. We won incredible states. We won incredible states, we won Wisconsin. We won Michigan, we won Pennsylvania, we won North Carolina, we won South Carolina, we won Florida. (APPLAUSE) What a run. Do you remember the evening that we won? I think look I think it was one of all of us together because we all worked hard. I was the messenger, but we all worked hard, that was our victory not my victory, but that was one of the greatest nights in the history of television. One of the greatest nights. (APPLAUSE) And hopefully it will go down when we are allowed to get all of the stuff seated you know it's like a tree you plant it, you plant it, it has to go, but it needs a little--that is why we need the four more additional years it has to grab on and catch so they can't destroy it, so they can't destroy it. (APPLAUSE) 21:44:18 But I think it will go down and I hope it's going to go down as one of the greatest evenings in the history of this country because it's never happened anything like that before and these guys don't even question it. They just sit back and say I guess he's right about that. I will never forget the night before I was at a tremendous arena. The place was going crazy, it was like this going crazy and two reporters that hate my guts. They looked at themselves, they looked at each other, famous shot, they are looking like this, and they are saying what the hell is going on. They knew, they knew, and I didn't need Beyonce and Jay-Z. (APPLAUSE) 21:45:03 And I didn't need little Bruce Springsteen and all of these people. They got all of these people they would come in because you couldn't get a crowd. They would come in they would sing they got Bruce Springsteen okay? He would do about two songs and leave. What happens is they leave, and then everyone leaves with them, and she is still speaking in front of the same lousy crowd. Craziest thing I have ever seen. And then they complain sometimes I will use a terrible word like hell the other day I used the word hell I got hell from they said he used terrible language. I use the word hell it was so bad. But you have got to hear Jay-Z, the words he was using he was using the f-word all over the place, and then the next day they say I use bad language, the word hell is a terrible word. These people are sick. (APPLAUSE) 21:46:03 That was an amazing evening. I will never forget that evening. It's you know look outside of your family and your children and things--I love you too, darling. (APPLAUSE) It was one of the highest-rated evenings in the history of television, you add up all of those networks. Remember the woman crying? Oh my God. No, they weren't biased at all. Now another very special man who is with us today but he will never be a man to me, he will always be my boy. You know what I mean, right? He is my boy. He is my little 6 foot 6 boy. Eric Trump. (APPLAUSE) And the parents understand that, right? 21:47:02 They may be big and strong and older, and to a parent a child is always their boy or always there little beautiful girl, and I know that is probably politically incorrect. They will say it was terrible what he said about women, terrible. But they are our boy, and they are our girl, and it doesn't matter how old we get and how old they get. Is that a correct statement? (APPLAUSE) And I am also proud to endorse your next Republican senator from Minnesota, a man that I have known, a man that is tough and smart, a man that is running against somebody that has never done a damn thing in the Senate Mr. Jason Lewis. (APPLAUSE) 21:48:09 And Jason did a great job in Congress, Congressman Lewis thank you very much and thank you for putting up with all of this stuff because I will tell you it's going to be nasty. It's going to be nasty. They are going to make up stories about you. They are going to say things that's going to make your wife say why did I marry this guy. Just say don't worry about it, it's just another phony story. Thank you very much, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis. Jason, thank you. (APPLAUSE) And Jason they can't say that the about Tom Cotton. He's too perfect, this guy. They can't say. They can't say it about you, Tom. Anyway good luck, Jason. Do well. (APPLAUSE) 21:48:58 And I don't know why but with all of the great people I just introduced for tonight maybe this is the most important person because I turned on a very good show in the morning Fox and Friends, they treat us great. I just want fair. (APPLAUSE) What a great group. Ainsley and Steve, and by the way Brian has gotten a lot better. Right? (LAUGHTER) Brian was a seven, and he is getting close to 10 territory, and Steve has been so great, and Ainsley is just incredible, and sometimes Pete Hegseth gets on there for the (INAUDIBLE) and how good does Jesse Waters do? How good? (APPLAUSE) Just some really great people and again Tucker has been very good. I have to say he has been good. Smart. He's been great. Tucker and the legendary Sean Hannity. (APPLAUSE) Great. Great. Number one. Number one show. 21:50:06 Sean has got the number one show, and Laura Ingraham who is knocking them out of the park it's true. True. And you go over Maria (INAUDIBLE). (APPLAUSE) And the great Lou Dobbs. How good are they? Lou Dobbs. Lou Dobbs. (APPLAUSE) And many more. Many more. How about Greg? Greg used to hate me. Now he's good. We can't forget--we can't forget Judge Janine. (APPLAUSE) I would be in such trouble if I forgot Judge Janine, and there are many more I just you know look I am just rattling some names of, but they are just terrific people. They are terrific people but a man that I have to really say something very special about so I am watching Fox and friends early in the morning very early in the six like slot because I am out of there pretty good and 21:51:13 I see a handsome young man named Bob Kroll, Cops for Trump. (APPLAUSE) And he's talking about this lousy your they've got now he didn't quite say that, but I said it. He is talking about this lousy mayor that won't let the cops, the police, the law enforcement you know my father always used to say, son he meant it too, never say cops, it's disrespectful say police officer. I said okay, but honestly the truth is with time I love you guys whether you are cops, police officers, law enforcement. I will call you whenever you want. It doesn't matter. You are so great, so respected you don't even know how much our public loves you, you don't know it. You don't know it. (APPLAUSE) You don't know. But I see this guy, and I don't know if he's done a lot of television before, but he was very effective and very good, and he was saying how the police aren't being allowed to take care of this rally and yet with President Obama and Bush and all of these people they were you know fine, fine. Everybody comes they fall asleep at a rally, but they weren't--they weren't allowed to do the job for us, and they went wild. 21:52:40 So what I want to do-- (BOOING) Go home to mommy. (APPLAUSE) Mommy says I saw you on television tonight. I love Trump, don't you ever do that again. Yes, mom. (APPLAUSE) But the job he did before the election I came right here to Minnesota and I pledge to address this really important issue, and it's the issue of law enforcement, and when I saw this man, this great gentleman on television pouring out his guts, pouring out his heart I don't know him. He knows I have been good to law enforcement. He knows I have been good to as my father would say the police. He knows I love the cops. He knows that, and so does everyone else I mean so many shirts, so many red shirts, and there are plenty of people here without the red shirts, and I want to just tell you the respect that we have for law enforcement is unbound. It is unbound. 21:54:05 Come up here. Bob, come up. (APPLAUSE) UNKNOWN: What can I say after that? Tune in Fox 10:15 tonight Shannon(SP) (INAUDIBLE) they asked us on. (APPLAUSE) How can you thank this guy for everything he's done for law enforcement? Wonderful president. (APPLAUSE) 21:55:41 TRUMP: Thank you very much. Thank you. Great people. Thank you. What a group. I think your very weak mayor made a mistake when he took them on. (APPLAUSE) As you know, for many years, leaders in Washington brought large numbers of refugees to your state from Somalia-- (BOOING) --without considering the impact on schools and communities and taxpayers. I promise you that as president I would give local communities a greater say in refugee policy and put in place enhanced vetting and responsible immigration controls. (APPLAUSE) And I have done that. Since coming into office, I have reduced refugee resettlement by 85 percent. (APPLAUSE) And as you know, maybe especially in Minnesota I kept another promise. I issued an executive action making clear that no refugees will be resettled in any city or in the state without the express written consent of that city or that state. So speak to your mayor. (APPLAUSE) 21:57:28 You should be able to decide what is best for your own cities and for your own neighborhoods, and that is what you have the right to do right now and believe me no other president would be doing that. (APPLAUSE) If Democrats were ever to seize power, they would open the floodgates to unvetted, uncontrolled migration at levels you have never seen before. You think you have it bad now you would never have seen anything like what they want to do, but in the Trump administration we will always protect American families first, and that has not been done in Minnesota. (APPLAUSE) We have also implemented the strongest screening and vetting mechanisms ever put into place. We are keeping terrorists, criminals and extremist the hell out of our country. (APPLAUSE) 21:58:35 And I want to thank the country of Mexico, the president of Mexico has been incredible. We have now 27,000 Mexican soldiers. They are great, and they are tough, and they are now protecting our borders, and those numbers have gone down (INAUDIBLE). (APPLAUSE) Thank you, Mr. President. We will not make the mistakes made in European countries that allow a violent ideology to take root in our country on our shores. We are not going to allow it to happen. (APPLAUSE) And as you all know to protect our citizens from those who would do harm to us. 21:59:31 I instituted a very controversial, very hard to get travel ban on some of the world's most dangerous countries. (APPLAUSE) And the other day one of the fake news reporters in the back said they were talking about the travel ban and they said well you know the president has lost in court. They said where? On their travel ban and he is right, I lost, and then I lost at the Appellate Division, and then I won at the United States Supreme Court. (APPLAUSE) Right? And he knew that, but he said I lost and he was right I lost, and then I lost again, but then I want, and we have the travel ban. 22:00:33 But instead of saying he lost and then he lost at appellate, and he won at the United States Supreme Court he said he lost in the travel ban. These are very dishonest people. Do you understand that? Very dishonest. (BOOING) In the Republican Party, we believe that those who seek to join our society must embrace our values, honor our history and love our people. (APPLAUSE) Democrats also support deadly sanctuary cities which release dangerous criminal aliens into the heart of your communities, and we are not letting it happen anymore. (APPLAUSE) Republicans believe American cities should be sanctuaries for Americans, not for criminal aliens. (APPLAUSE) My administration is taking historic action to secure the borders. We have reduced the legal border crossings by over 60 percent since May, and we are building the wall faster than anyone ever anticipated it could be built. (APPLAUSE) 22:02:01 This is a serious wall, you have all seen it. It is going up rapidly, and you think that was easy? I had every Democrat in Congress fighting me, fighting me, fighting me. I had a lot of the rhinos(SP) fighting me. They said see, he's not getting it built? He's not getting-- Let me tell you have every Democrat fighting you. We took it from here, and we took it from there, and we took it from all over the place, and we got that thing that is the biggest patchwork of financing you have ever seen, and that sucker is going up, and it is the finest, it is the strongest. It is largely 30 feet tall which is the maximum height that they wanted. (APPLAUSE) UNKNOWN: Build that wall. Build that wall. TRUMP: I went to the Border Patrol, and I sat down with 15 representatives of the Border Patrol, and I said what do you want, what is your ideal? I actually said I want to give you the Rolls-Royce, and they killed me for that. That I said it's not an American made product that they happened to be right. 22:03:05 No, they are right about that one, they are actually right there, Tom. But I said I want to give you the Rolls-Royce of walls. Tell me, and they told me everything, and then we built some alternative walls. We build all different types. We built about seven of them, and then we had climbers come in. The one that worked the best was the one we are building. It also, unfortunately, the bad news it is also the most expensive, but we got it for the right price. (APPLAUSE) We got it for the right price. It is steel, it is hardened concrete, it is deep, it is high. It is a thing of beauty. (APPLAUSE) And it's going to keep bad people out of our country, that is what it's going to do. 22:03:58 And the Democrats know this. Most of the Democrats four years ago they wanted a wall now all of the sudden they don't want a wall. Do you know why they don't want a wall because I want it? That is the only reason. And I just thought of it you know like a year ago I said man this could have been so much easier. All I had to do was say we don't want a wall, and they would have given me all of the financing I wanted for the wall. What was I thinking? We are not going to build a wall, and they would have forced me to build it. Under this administration, we are also ending the endless wars we have to do it, folks. We have to do it. (APPLAUSE) We have totally defeated the ISIS caliphate, and I did that in rather quick time if you remember because we have the greatest fighting machine now when I came in, it was totally depleted; we have great generals, we have great warfighters and they did it so fast. I flew to Iraq. I met with the general's, right? I met with the generals. 22:05:08 I said I hear it's going to take a year to two years. Sir, we could do it in two weeks. I said what? They don't let us fight, sir, they don't let us fight. We want to fight; they don't let us fight. I said I'd let you fight. (LAUGHTER) I said how come if they say it's going to take anywhere from a year to two years you say you can do it so quickly? He said sir we are going to hit them from the front; we are going to hit them from the back. We are going to get them from the sides, from underground, from over ground we are going to hit the hell out of them and we they did, and we won very quickly. (APPLAUSE) But from now on, we want to fight where it is to the benefit of the United States of America, not to the benefit of other countries, and we will only fight to win. We are only going to fight to win. 22:06:02 We don't fight to win. We don't fight to win. The Turks have been fighting with the Kurds for two centuries, and Turkey, as you know, is a NATO ally, but I have been rough on them. We have defeated 100 percent of that ISIS caliphate and no longer have any troops in the area. We don't have any troops. The troops have been pulled out where Turkey is carrying out now a very tough campaign against the Kurds. Get them out. (BOOING) So Turkey is right now waging a very tough campaign against the Kurds. We get along with the Kurds, and we help the Kurds, and don't forget they are also fighting for their land; you know that. 22:07:02 But they are fighting. So we have three choices. You ready? Here are the three choices we don't have any soldiers there because we left, we won, we left. Take a victory United States. We left. Take a victory. Take a victory. (APPLAUSE) Bring our troops back home. I told this story yesterday. I have to sign letters. 22:08:12 It is the hardest thing I have to do to sign letters dear Mr. and Mrs. Smith from Arkansas, dear Mr. and Mrs. Jones from Alabama. Dear Mr. and Mrs., somebody from some great state. I am sorry to inform you your son has been killed in combat. I'm so sorry, and every letter is individually done because sometimes the parents they are grieving, and they get together with other parents, and they get, and I don't want to see that it is like the same letter. So we do different letters. It is the hardest thing I have to do. Hardest thing. (APPLAUSE) It is the hardest thing I have, and I was telling Tom Cotton it is the hardest thing that I have to do, and I sign those letters, and it just breaks your heart and then, by the way, there is a time to fight. Nobody fights harder than I do, but there's a time, and there's not necessarily a time. But I sin these letters out quite a few, and sometimes I send letters out it's called Blue on Green where we are teaching people how to fight, and then they turn the gun on our soldiers and shoot them in the back and that is the hardest thing for a parent. I have all of them. I know everyone. That is the hardest thing for a parent when they get notification because they learn how their child has died. When the so-called people that we are teaching how to fight turned the gun on them and shoot we have had a lot of that, a lot of it in Afghanistan, more than we have ever had proportionately before it is a horrible, horrible thing but I have to sign these letters, and sometimes I go out to a place, Dover Air Force Base it's a very tough experience. Mike Pence goes, I go, other people go, Tom Cotton goes. We go out there, and we meet the parents and the families, the wives, the children, the sisters, the brothers we meet them, and we talk to them, and their son or daughter is being flown in from some faraway place in a coffin, and these things are just impossible. I don't know how parents can do it even, and I will meet them, and we have a particular colonel that is all he does so good, so professional, and that is what he does. He said I greet the dead, sir. 22:09:51 I greet the dead, and what happens is this big incredible machine flies in, this tremendous cargo plane, and it flies in so powerful, so big and I will be talking to some of the parents, and they will act like they are fine. I say how are you doing? We are fine, sir. We are fine. We are really good. I say that's great and I will tell the colonel I will say colonel I think they are doing great. No, sir, they are not going to do great you will see and I didn't know what he was talking about this is the first time and then we went outside to the runway and this incredible machine is flying in, and it lands, and it comes over and it pulls up and we have military guards, we have incredibly talented musicians that do this, that is what they do and what happens is that door opens up, and the colonel told me he said sir, when that door opens up those same people that you think are okay do things that you will never see. You will hear sounds like you have never heard. That is what he does. 22:10:59 And I saw that door open the with a coffin with a flag over it. The door was open, and these beautiful soldiers, 5 or 6 on each side lifting the coffin and walking down the runway, the plank they call it off of this cargo plane, and I see parents make sounds that were just 20 minutes ago absolutely fine, make sounds scream and cry like you have never seen before. The colonel was telling me that sir you will see things that you have never seen before, a mother who was fine 20 minutes ago you think breaking the military line and jumping off and then jumping onto a coffin of her son or her daughter, jumping on top of the flowers on top of the American flag. I have seen this, and then I have all of these people that want to stay. They want to stay, and I don't want to stay. 22:11:59 We were supposed to be in Syria for 30 days. We have now been there for 10 years. We were supposed to be in Afghanistan for a short period of time. We are now going to be there for close to 19 years. It is time to bring them home. It's time to bring them home. (APPLAUSE) It's true. Time to bring them home. (APPLAUSE) We have done our job. We have defeated everyone that we are supposed to defeat and now we are, we are policing, we are now policing that is what we are doing, we are policing and that as I said no more respect for the police but these are military people, and those are police, but we are now policing we are not fighting, we are policing, and you know what? After all of these years and one other story and I have to tell you I go to Walter Reed on Friday, and I do it quite often. I gave out five purple hearts, and I meet people that are so beautiful, so amazing. 22:13:18 I met five warriors, and one was so badly hurt with the loss of arms and a leg, another one they are just very, very devastated, but these are great, great people and I gave out the Purple Heart, and I see the parents and I have to say Walter Reed I want to just say the doctors there, the job they do you know you hear so many complaints about doctors and about the vets and the vets care, and nobody has done better we've got Choice for the vets, we have done things for the vets that nobody thought would be possible. (APPLAUSE) 22:14:01 But I saw these young men, and I gave them their purple hearts, and their parents were there crying, and one of them was so amazing I said what your problem? Sir, my face was blown apart. My nose was absolutely just blown apart. He said sir, it's incredible and I looked at him I said that's the most beautiful nose I have ever seen, what do you mean? He said a doctor worked on my face for 10 hours in the field. He said there were 1000 fragments. Now I don't know if that is right well, a lot, he meant a lot he said there were 1000 fragments he rebuilt my nose with glue. He glued the bones together, he rebuilt my nose. I said you have the most beautiful nose I have ever seen, and it's true, and his father came over to me; he said sir--father was crying, he said sir honestly my son looks better now. (LAUGHTER) 22:15:00 He said my son did not have a good-looking nose now look at it, it's beautiful. It's beautiful. But these doctors at Walter Reed and these Army and Marine and medical doctors they are unbelievably great people, and they see sights that you and I hopefully will never see. They see things that nobody will ever see, and there is nobody like them, and I have to give a shout out to those people. There is nobody like them. (APPLAUSE) So in the case of Turkey and Syria and the Kurds we could send in 1000 troops for a military conflict with Turkey. UNKNOWN: (INAUDIBLE) TRUMP: No, you don't want to do that. We could hit Turkey very hard financially, or we could mediate a deal between Turkey and the Kurds, I like that. You know let's mediate a deal. (APPLAUSE) 22:16:00 But remember they have been fighting each other for hundreds of years and we were artificially put there or in this case by President Obama. So we did our job we knocked out and I will tell you another thing. We have to be treated fairly. We have to be treated fairly. We are not treated fairly by other nations. We captured many, many ISIS fighters. Most of them came from Europe, they came from Germany, they came from France, they came from all of these countries, and we called them--I would call them myself in many cases. I said take your fighters. They said we don't want them you take them. I said no, no, no. We did you a big favor. They are citizens of Germany, they are citizens of France, they are citizens of these various countries in Europe. Take your fighters. We don't want them, sir. We don't want them. And I said how unfair are we treated? We do them a great favor, and they won't take their fighters. So we are doing some things that are pretty amazing and every once in a while you have to change course and do what you have to do. The United States has spent $8 trillion in the Middle East. We have lost thousands of brave soldiers and tens of thousands of terribly wounded people. Great people. Their lives will never be the same. 22:17:20 These wars produced only chaos and bloodshed, and all of the blood and treasure we sacrificed made the Middle East less--it's really less safe, it's less stable and is less secure, and I say it all of the time. The single greatest mistake our country made in its history was going into the quicksand of the Middle East. We spent $8 trillion in lost thousands of lives them by the way the other side we can talk about that, lost millions of lives. What did we do? So we are going to pull them out, and we are pulling people out and we are trying to make good deals, and we are going to bring our soldiers back home, and we may need them for something else, and they will be ready. Previous administrations lust for regime change and also put historic Christian communities in vastly more danger than they were before we started. 22:18:27 They are some of the biggest victims of these power vacuums and reckless foreign adventures the Christians, the Christians and we work hard with the Christians. We have tremendous evangelical support. We work hard (INAUDIBLE). (APPLAUSE) So we are slowly getting out of the Middle East, doing it carefully, and we are rebuilding our military like we have never rebuilt our military before. (APPLAUSE) When I came into office, a very prominent general told me because it looked like we could have a big conflict with someone. Said sir, we have no ammunition. We had old planes, we had planes that were so old they didn't fly. We had people going to the desert the plane graveyards, airplane graveyards picking up parts. I would never want to hear a president of the United States hear those words again. I never want to have a president hear the word, sir, we have no ammunition. Think of it. Think of that. Now thanks to more than $2.5 trillion worth of investment in our military, we have more ammunition, more missiles, more rockets, more tanks, more fighter jets, and more of everything else than we have ever had before. (APPLAUSE) 22:19:59 And we have no choice. You look around the world the way have no choice, unfortunately and the Democrats want to dismantle our military. After years of building up other countries we are finally building up our country. That is what we have to do. (APPLAUSE) We are replacing the disaster known as NAFTA with the brand-new U.S.-Mexico Canada Agreement USMCA, a giant victory for our farmers, ranchers, workers in Minnesota. Congress should pass USMCA immediately; we hope that Nancy Pelosi can start thinking about passing some legislation instead of thinking about nonsense. (APPLAUSE) And to protect our industrial backbone, I placed tariffs on foreign aluminum and foreign steel, and I am also fighting back against years of chronic trade abuse from China, and the supply chain of China, which was unbreakable is now breaking wide open. (APPLAUSE) And they understand that. And I don't blame China for what has taken place over the past last 25 years. I blame the people that led our country that let that happen, where hundreds of billion dollars a year was taken from our country to build China. (APPLAUSE) 22:21:36 It is not China's fault. In the previous administration they have put our nation's natural resources under lock and key, including thousands and thousands of acres at a place called Superior National Forest. Last year our travel to Duluth and announced that we would be ending this injustice, reopening Superior National Forest and restoring mineral exploration for the iron ore mines of Minnesota. Tremendous jobs. (APPLAUSE) And now the iron range is back in business. And the last time I was here, a man came up to me said sir, President Obama took our heart away, took our life away I'll never forget it a man strong guy had tears in his eyes he said you gave us back our life because they took it away from him. We gave it back. (APPLAUSE) Best iron ore there is anywhere. My administration is also fighting the Democrats' socialist healthcare agenda that would obliterate Medicare, Republicans will protect Medicare, and we will always protect patients with pre-existing conditions. (APPLAUSE) 22:23:07 And for those of you that have private healthcare, health insurance 180 million people they are going to end it, obliterate it, and most people are thrilled with it. We are going to leave it. You're going to have your plan the way you want it, and there is no plan like (INAUDIBLE). (APPLAUSE) Virtually every top Democrat also now supports late-term abortion ripping babies straight from the mother's womb right up to the moment of birth. (BOOING) And that is why I have asked Congress to prohibit extreme late-term abortion because Republicans believe that every child is a sacred gift from God. (APPLAUSE) 22:24:03 Democrats are now the party of high taxes, high crime, open borders, late-term abortion, socialism, and blatant Washington corruption. The Republican party is the party of the American worker, the American family and it is the party of the American dream. (APPLAUSE) For years you watched as your politicians apologized for America. You remember that? Gee, I'm sorry, I'm so sorry. Now you have a president who is standing up for America. We are standing up for Minneapolis, and we are standing up for the great State of Minnesota. (APPLAUSE) 22:25:02 We begin this political campaign with the best record, the best results, the best agenda, and the only positive vision for America. We begin this campaign with right now almost 3 years of perhaps the most successful administration in the history of our country. (APPLAUSE) Together we will help millions more citizens from welfare to work, from dependence to independence and from poverty to prosperity. (APPLAUSE) With your help, we will re-elect, and we will elect a Republican Congress to create a safe modern fair and lawful system of integration. (APPLAUSE) 22:26:01 We will enact trade deals that ensure more products are proudly stamped with that beautiful phrase made in the USA. (APPLAUSE) We will achieve new breakthroughs in science and medicine finding new cures for childhood cancer and ending the AIDS epidemic in the America within 10 years. Nobody thought that could be done. It is going to be done. We will defend privacy, free speech, free assembly, religious liberty and the right to keep and bear arms. (APPLAUSE) And above all, we will never stop fighting for the values that bind us together as one America. 22:27:01 We support, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. (APPLAUSE) We stand with the incredible heroes of law enforcement. (APPLAUSE) We believe in the dignity of work and the sanctity of life. (APPLAUSE) We believe that children should be taught to love our country, honor our history, and always respect our great American flag. (APPLAUSE) And we live by the words of our great national motto, in God we trust. (APPLAUSE) 22:27:58 We stand on the shoulders of the American patriots who built this country into the greatest nation ever to exist in history. (APPLAUSE) Our ancestors crossed the oceans, settled the continent, tamed the wilderness, revolutionized industry, pioneered science, won two world wars, defeated fascism and communism, and put a man on the face of the moon. (APPLAUSE) Proud citizens like the people of Minnesota helped build this country, and together we are taking back our country. (APPLAUSE) We are returning power to you, the American people. With your help, your devotion, your drive we are going to keep on working. We are going to keep on fighting, and we are going to keep on winning, winning, winning, winning. (APPLAUSE) 22:29:11 We are one movement, one people, one family, and one glorious nation under God. (APPLAUSE) America is thriving like never before and ladies and gentlemen of Minnesota I will tell you this with great certainty, the best is yet to come. (APPLAUSE) UNKNOWN: Four more years. Four more years. Four more years. Four more years. Four more years. Four more years. TRUMP: Thank you very much. And just in concluding together we will make America wealthy again. 22:30:13 We will make America strong again. We will make America safe again, and we will make America great again. Thank you, Minnesota. Thank you.
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP CAMPAIGN RALLY IN LOUISIANA - STIX
1845 WH TRUMP LOUISIANA RALLY STIX FS23 73 2045 WH TRUMP LOUISIANA RALLY STIX FS23 83 20:49:12 TRUMP: Thank you very much. Thank you, Minnesota. This is a great state. We're going to win the state in a very short period of time. Thank you. (APPLAUSE) This feels like the day before the election. (APPLAUSE) So we have 20,000 plus people inside; we just set a new record. (APPLAUSE) And we have 25,000 people that we still love outside. (APPLAUSE) And close to 100,000 people wanted to come tonight. Thank you all. This is great. This is great. Thank you. (APPLAUSE) 20:50:02 I want to thank our great Vice President Mike Pence and Karen Pence for being here tonight. (APPLAUSE) It is great to be back in the Twin Cities with the freedom-loving American patriots who make our country run, you know that. You know it. For the next 13 months--think of that. It seems like yesterday, for the next 13 months we are going to fight with all of our heart and soul and we are going to win the great State of Minnesota in 2020. (APPLAUSE) 20:50:49 American now has the number one economy anywhere in the world, and it is not even close. (APPLAUSE) You know I'm dealing with China right now, they are in Washington, we are going to see if we make a deal. If they want to make it we're going to determine whether or not we want to make it, but they have been very nice, and today I got a call from one of the top representatives he said congratulations, Mr. President on having a truly great, great economy. That's pretty nice. (APPLAUSE) We picked up since the election trillions of dollars in value, and China has lost trillions of dollars in value. I will say this-- (APPLAUSE) --if our opponent had won that election you know what would have happened right now China would become the--it would be the number one economy anywhere in the world and right now I can tell you they are not even close. (APPLAUSE) 20:52:13 Our country is stronger than ever before because we are proudly putting for the first time in a long time we are putting America first. (APPLAUSE) UNKNOWN: USA. USA. USA. USA. USA. USA. USA. USA. USA. USA. TRUMP: And I have to say there are a lot of very beautiful red T-shirts in the audience. (APPLAUSE) 20:53:01 That was a record sale they did very well, and I will tell you what cops love Trump, Trump loves cops. (APPLAUSE) Our bold pursuit of this pro-American agenda has enraged, and you know what has happened, it has in reached the failed ruling class in Washington, not easy to get them out but we are doing it slowly but surely. (APPLAUSE) These corrupt politicians and the radical leftists got rich bleeding America dry, and they knew that my election would finally end their pillaging and looting of our country, and that is what they were doing, and that is what they continue to try and do. That is why from day one the wretched Washington swamp has been trying to nullify the results of a truly great and democratic election, the election of 2016. They are trying, they are not getting very far. (APPLAUSE) 20:54:16 They want to erase your vote like it never existed; they want to were raise your voice, and they want to erase your future. (BOOING) But they will fail because in America the people rule again. (APPLAUSE) Do you remember that just 19 minutes after I raised my hand and took the Oval Office the Washington Post, a terrible newspaper-- (BOOING) --that doesn't know how to write the truth published a story, and in this case they might have gotten it prettying correct, they said the campaign to impeach President Trump has begun. That was the headline. Little did we know they weren't playing games. (BOOING) 20:55:19 Think of that, that was 19 minutes after the oath of office. Months earlier Peter Strzok-- (BOOING) Remember he and his lover Lisa Page, what a group. She's going to win 10 million to 1 she's going to win I'm telling you, Peter. I'm telling you Peter she's going to win Peter. Oh, I love you so much. (APPLAUSE) I love you, Peter. I look you too, Lisa. Lisa, I love you. Lisa, Lisa. Oh God I love you Lisa. 20:56:13 And if she doesn't when Lisa we've got an insurance policy, Lisa. We'll get that son of a bitch out. We've got an insurance policy, and we're living through that insurance policy that's what it is the phony Russia hoax-- (BOOING) Lisa, I love you. Now the do-nothing Democrat con artists and scammers are getting desperate. Thirteen months they've got to move fast because they are not beating us at the polls and they know it despite the phony--despite the phony polls that you see all of the time. They are phony polls. You know polls are no different remember I always used to talk about polls. Polls are no different than crooked writers. They are crooked polls. They are crooked polls. No different. 20:57:14 Boy, that's a lot of media. Look back there. That's a lot of media. (BOOING) They are so dishonest, and frankly they are so bad for our country. (APPLAUSE) They are so bad, and they could be so good for our country, they could be so good, and maybe they will change and maybe they won't. I've been waiting for a long time. You know, after I won the last election I said you know finally it's okay; finally I will get some great press. They got worse. They got worse. I said finally we are going to get--I said to the First Lady darling we are to finally get respect, we are finally going to get media press coverage that's going to be great. Look at what we've done, and I'm telling you they did they got worse. 20:58:18 And they know they cannot win-- (BOOING) You understand. Well if you didn't understand honestly there's no way anyone could win because you'd believe them if you believe them there's no way anyone could (INAUDIBLE). I could do the greatest things in history, and they will make them bad to very bad, and if I do a neutral, something neutral, it worked out okay, not great it's like give him the electric chair that was terrible. Right? No, this is the worst. These people and the Democrats they are partners, it's a partnership. How about on the newscast like the word manufactured, it's manufact--every newscast in a manufactured deal along the border the word has never been used but all of the sudden every newscast is using. It's a talking point given to these fakers by the Democrats. (APPLAUSE) 20:59:28 So they know they can't win the 2020 election, so they are pursuing the insane impeachment witch hunt. I've been going through it now-- (BOOING) I've been going through it now for more time than I've been in office because you know like Strzok with his insurance deal this was before remember this, this was before--that was made months before I took office. That statement was made months before the election took place. They said just in case we are going to have an insurance policy that only means one thing we are going to get him out, so they are telling us can't let that ever happen again to another president. (APPLAUSE) And Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity a lot of people-- (APPLAUSE) 21:00:34 The great Mark Levin, we have a lot of great people. (APPLAUSE) Lou Dobbs, great people. You know what they said? Every one of them plus many others, there is no other man that we have ever met who could have taken that it; that is true. Maybe I'm a little different up here I don't know, but I enjoy it. To me, it's--I'm energized because we are draining the swamp. (APPLAUSE) UNKNOWN: Drain the swamp. Drain the swamp. Drain the swamp. Drain the swamp. TRUMP: The Democrats' brazen attempt to overthrow our government will produce a backlash at the ballot box the likes of which they have never ever seen before in the history of this country. (APPLAUSE) 21:01:50 These are bad people. My phone call as an example with the president of Ukraine was perfect. Everybody that looked at it, and the only reason I released it was that the Democrats put out a phony narrative, so I had no choice, and I don't want to do that as president. Every time a president from a country calls me or I call them, we have to release the text. How can you do business that way? Who is going to want to speak to your president? So the president of Ukraine reiterated today that a major news conference on other subjects that he was under absolutely no pressure he doesn't know what they're talking about and he used the word there was no blackmail during this call. He used that term. (APPLAUSE) So, in theory, that should be the end of it. Think of it a president of the United States who has made our economy with a lot of help from all of you frankly but from Mike and from some of our great senators and some of our great people that we have with us we made this the strongest economy in our history, we have rebuilt our military, we are taking care of healthcare like nobody has been able to do. What we have done is incredible, and by the way we are protecting your second amendment. If you don't have me your second amendment is gone. (APPLAUSE) 21:03:24 So we have the greatest economy, the greatest military. We have rebuilt our military $2.5 trillion because when I took it over, it was a mess, and what do they want to do? Let's impeach our president, right? I don't think so. (BOOING) I don't think so. I think we're going to have a turnout the likes of which we've never seen in the history of our country. (APPLAUSE) So we were really forced just to put it away--we were forced I said just do it got the approval from the Ukraine. I have to ask. I said hey do you guys mind they said that's a strange request they said don't worry about it. Do you mind and they said please, go ahead nothing was said wrong in that call? So we released the transcript of the call, which was so good that that crooked Adam Schiff--this guy is crooked. (BOOING) 21:04:30 He had to make up a fake conversation that never happened, and he delivered it to the United States Congress and the American people. (BOOING) It was a total fraud, and then Nancy Pelosi said oh, I think the president said that. (BOOING) These people are sick; I'm telling you they are sick. And you know what? Had they waited one day long they would have had the transcript of the actual call word for word it would've been perfect. Instead they released it, they went early. They said all of these horrible things you know why because they never thought in 1 million years that I was going to release a transcript of the call. That's true. (APPLAUSE) 21:05:35 So Nancy Pelosi upon hearing a false story from a whistleblower that had no clue what was going on in that call or somebody gave her very bad advice but also hearing it from shifty Schiff, Nancy Pelosi said a day before seeing the transcript of the call with the Ukrainian president we've got to impeach him, we've got to impeach him. Right? And then she saw the call, and she said to her people what the hell nobody ever told me this was the call. But she keeps going in a way because the press is fake and they play right into their hands. (BOOING) The do-nothing Democrat extremist have gone so far left that they believe it should not be a crime to cross our border illegally, and it should be a crime to have a totally appropriate casual beautiful accurate phone call with a foreign leader. I don't think so. (APPLAUSE) 21:06:49 As our brilliant White House counsel wrote to the Democrats yesterday, he said they are highly partisan and unconstitutional effort threatens grave and lasting damage to our democratic institutions, to our system of free elections and to the American people, and that is what it is to the American people it is so terrible. Democrats are on a crusade to destroy our democracy that is what is happening. We will never let it happen, we will defeat them. (APPLAUSE) I mean look at their debates. These people are crazy; they want to spend $99 trillion to redo buildings all over the United States. I said what about China, what about Russia, what about India what about all of these other countries all that stuff is just (INAUDIBLE)-- (BOOING) 21:08:00 It's all right. Let him give you the answer. Man, did the cops act fast? He's already gone. (APPLAUSE) Man, that's unbelievable. That's the fastest--you know I have--look I love law enforcement I love the cops, I love the police I love it. Minneapolis, Minneapolis, you've got a rotten mayor. You've got to change your mayor. You've got a bad mayor. (BOOING) You've got a bad mayor, but you know what? The police--I've done this a lot, and every once in a while we'll have--very little disturbance, it's really--actually is there any place where we could have more fun than at a Trump rally? (APPLAUSE) 21:09:03 And we have set every record at everyplace virtually that we've gone and one of the big musicians said, and Trump does it without a guitar. Can you believe it without a guitar? But this guy so I've had in the lot where but sometimes it will take the police like 30 seconds, 50 seconds it's like Roger Penske when you watch him who's getting the Presidential Medal of Freedom by the way very soon. (APPLAUSE) He won 18 Indy 500s--18, Roger Penske. But it's like the way they change those tires. It takes four seconds to change a whole damn thing. I say how the hell do they do it? That is the way these cops just reacted. (APPLAUSE) That was a record. I think it was a record. I've had good service, but I never had anything like that I look up the guy is already gone. We love you with the red shirts. 21:10:02 So now the Democrats are making a pathetic bid to save the sleepy Joe, Sleepy Joe Biden. (BOOING) And you know what I would love to run against him, to be honest. Anybody like that if you can't beat him in a debate you've got a big problem folks. If you can't beat him in a debate you can't be president because what are you going to do against President Xi and Kim Jong-un? You can't beat Sleepy Joe, but now we're going to meet with Kim Jong-un. I don't think so. But he's totally owned and totally controlled by the Washington swamp for many years. Two months after President Obama put Joe in charge of Ukraine policy--they put Joe Biden in charge of Ukraine policy. Listen to this, and the press will not write it. They say in totally unsubstantiated charges every time they talk about him, President Trump has said that his son walked away with a fortune now you know that the totally unsubstantiated charge. Really? 21:11:10 It's not unsubstantiated it's fact. Joe's son Hunter got thrown out of the Navy, and then he became a genius on Wall Street in about two days. By the way whatever happened to Hunter? Where the hell is he? (APPLAUSE) Where is Hunter? Hey, fellas, I have an idea for a new T-shirt. I love the cops but let's do another T-shirt. Where's Hunter. Where is he? Here's Hunter being examined by Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd or some of these people. 21:11:59 Hunter it's so great that you're here, sir. Hunter I know they're giving you approximately $168,000 a month; I hear they paid you a big check of $3 million. I just want to speak on behalf of NBC who is absolutely one of the worst. (BOOING) I just want to tell you, Hunter--Hunter, I just want to tell you I couldn't be happier for you and your family and I know you don't know anything about energy and I know it's an energy company but I think they made a great deal, Hunter. And then they fly to China, and I'm dealing with people right now they're tough as hell those Chinese negotiators and Hunter who's not too smart Hunter he goes in, he has a meeting he walks out in his fund with $1.5 billion with a B, $1.5 billion. (BOOING) 21:13:03 These aren't the same Chinese negotiators that I'm dealing with I can tell you. These are not the same ones but we are doing very well. Now think of it where is Hunter? (INAUDIBLE) so where is Hunter? I want to see Hunter asked these--Hunter, you know nothing about energy, you know nothing about Chi--you know nothing about anything frankly. Hunter you are a loser. Why did you get $1.5 billion, Hunter? (APPLAUSE) And your father was never considered smart, he was never considered a good senator, he was only a good vice president because he understood how to kiss Barack Obama's ass. (APPLAUSE) 21:14:28 True. Thank you. Thank you. It's true. It's true. And they are always saying the same thing. Yeah, he got $1.5 billion. We admit it, they admit it, there's nothing but always that same thing. President Trump made a totally unsubstantiated claim about Hunter Biden and his father. It's not unsubstantiated you crooked son of the guns, it's 100 percent true. (APPLAUSE) 100 percent. (APPLAUSE) Even the smart guys on Wall Street and I know all of them, and they are smart; they have never seen anything like that one before. I've called them. Has that ever happened? Never happens. Guy walks in no experience, no nothing walks out with $1.5 billion. Gee, flies in on Air Force 2 with his father, the vice president. 21:15:38 Don't forget that is when he was vice president. So China gives his son $1.5 billion. How would you like to have Joe Biden take over negotiations right now with China? I don't think so. (BOOING) I don't think so. Meanwhile, Biden allowed China to rip off America for eight years as vice president, and Barack Obama let him just rob us blind, and we are not doing that anymore. Those days are over. (APPLAUSE) The Bidens got rich and that is substantiated while America got robbed; that is what happened. 21:16:24 Sleepy Joe and his friend sold out America, they didn't have tough negotiations. I look at these trade deals, and I say who the hell could have done this. If you didn't--if you had no business instinct, no business ability. If you had nothing, if you're dumb as hell you wouldn't make these deals they are so bad. I say who made these deals? Who made these deals? But we are ripping them all up and redoing them, and they're going to be very good wait until you see what happens. (APPLAUSE) And now that I'm your president, you see it, America is winning again, and we are respected again as a nation. (APPLAUSE) UNKNOWN: USA. USA. USA. USA. USA. USA. 21:17:35 TRUMP: And in a brand-new report just came out as I'm walking on the stage hard to believe actually it turns out that Joe Biden was vice president he worked with the so-called whistleblower. (BOOING) This is nothing but a partisan witch hunt sabotage, and I'm sure they are going to say it's totally unsubstantiated, but one of them wrote the story. Congratulations, by the way. Congratulations that's very nice. That's really good. That is the way you should do it good, good, good. (APPLAUSE) In the twisted worldview of Democrats and the media, it's okay for politicians to ship our jobs to foreign countries, flood our communities with drugs and crime and enrich themselves at America's expense. 21:18:31 Their treachery is allowed because they go along with the rigged Washington game, and it is far more rigged when I ran I thought it was rigged, but this is crazy what's happening. But if you refuse to bow or bend to the Washington swamp, which I could do very easily I'd be much more popular. Folks, I'd be--it would be so much easier. You know a very smart--I gotta tell you, I've got to tell you. Isn't it much better when I go off script? Isn't that better? (APPLAUSE) So much better. It's just--it's just. Hey, folks, the greatest buyer of advertisements in the history of the world Mike Lindell. Mike, hello. (APPLAUSE) 21:19:39 I have never seen so many ads. I think he is the greatest add negotiator in history. (APPLAUSE) And I told him I said would you do me a favor all of the money we spend on these political campaigns if I gave some of that money to Mike I think we would have ads every single minute of every single show. (APPLAUSE) I never saw so many ads. (APPLAUSE) Anyway, but the lawless political establishment will try to frame you, they will persecute you, they do will swear and just swear up and down that they are telling the truth. When Nancy Pelosi was on television the other day-- (BOOING) --I have to say, I have to say I was very proud of George Stephanopoulos. I was very proud. It's not often. 21:20:32 She said no, no, no shifty Schiff told the truth when he said that. Stephanopoulos said no wait a minute no, no, it wasn't the truth. It was a false statement. No, no it was the truth. He said no, and she really believes it. So she's either got one of two problems she's either really stupid, okay, or she's really lost it, or maybe there's a certain dishonesty in there someplace. (APPLAUSE) But they smear you, they spy on you, and they target your friends, your family, your staff for harassment, for abuse, for destruction. I came down to Washington with incredible people, we won a great political campaign. They were bright-eyed and bushytailed; we know that is a nice phrase. They came down, they were happy, they wanted to turn the country around. They wanted to do great things. All of the sudden, they get some, and they get subpoenaed by Robert Mueller. How good was he is a witness? Not too good. (BOOING) 21:21:37 And by people that were, I call them the 13 angry Democrats that turned into 18 angry Democrats. It was disgraceful. So people that were going down, sir, what is this? I look wow, that's a subpoena. What the hell is this? They took people--I really mean this, they took people that were full of life and energy and vigor--we had just won the greatest campaign in the history of American politics, it's true. It's true. And they destroyed their lives, they destroyed their lives. They went home. I could name many people one in particular who came down an incredible young woman she was going to help people, she wanted to help people, she had causes that were so good she wanted to help people, and she ended up going home dark, dark, her life became hell. They ruined people, they destroyed--they destroyed people, good people, people that ended up paying far more money in legal fees than they made, than they made. 21:22:57 They destroyed great people. They are vicious, horrible and the media was behind every single step. (BOOING) They destroyed so many lives. They destroyed so many lives, and they are continuing to do it, and it's a disgrace. When all of their ludicrous hoaxes have been exposed as frauds these sinister fakers then tried to impeach you for daring to call out their own corruption. There is nothing like the dirty political establishment, and I will have to tell you this is you know a friend of mine very smart, brilliant guy was with me about two weeks to go. We just got rid of the Russia hoax, and then a week later the Ukraine hoax starts. I had a week of like I can think about everything perfect; it's so beautiful, and he said president. 21:24:02 I said call me Donald, you've called me Donald for 35 years. I will. Thank you, Donald. I have lost all of my friends because they're all scared to talk like you know honestly I'm the president they can't talk to me anymore. It's like they are afraid, they respect the office. It's true. They say, president. I say do me a favor Richard you've called me Donald for 35 years call me Donald please. I want somebody to call me Donald. It's true. It's true. UNKNOWN: Donald. Donald. Donald. Donald. Donald. Donald. TRUMP: He said to me I just told him call me--he said president--I can't do it he said. So he says president you have been here now for think of it almost 3 years; can you believe we are here three years? We--we, it's we. (APPLAUSE) 21:25:10 And we have to promise them no more than 16 years, okay? No more. No more. 16 more years. I'm only kidding. (APPLAUSE) Now they will go back see, he wants to run for more. But he said--he said president could I ask you a question, it's so important to me. You deal--he's a great businessman, very successful. He said you deal with all of these nations, these great powerful--who is the worst to deal with? Is it China? Is it North Korea? Is it India, is it Russia? Please tell me, Mr. Pres--who is the toughest nation to deal with? I said you're not going to believe this; it's the USA is the toughest nation to deal with. The USA. (APPLAUSE) It's true. Because we are dealing with some very sick and arranged people. (BOOING) 21:26:11 It's true. There's nothing that the dirty political establishment hates more than a president that they cannot intimidate, own, and control. (APPLAUSE) They are trying to stop me because they know that I don't answer to them, I answer to you, it's true. (APPLAUSE) You know I never say this, I don't think I have ever said in a speech, but they'll find out if I did then they will give me Pinocchio's he said it before, but I don't know if I ever said this, but you know I make as president about $450,000. I give it away. No, wait. (APPLAUSE) I don't care. I don't care. 21:26:59 I never hear anything. Can you imagine if I didn't? I give it away to--you can only give it--you can't keep it, you can't actually make a gift. You can give it to your different agencies so I can give it to health, I can give it to transportation, I can give it to military, but I give it away all of the time every--now--and if I ever did, but it's 450. If somebody stays from let's say a Middle East country in one of my hotels, and we charge them $392.53 for staying, and I never heard of the guy, and I don't want to hear about him they say Trump is getting rich off our nation. I lose billions being president and I don't care, it's nice to be rich I guess, but I lose billions. If somebody rents a room someplace and they pay me two months in rent or hotel fees I never heard of the people, I never know who they are they say emoluments. Nobody ever heard of the word emoluments before. Emoluments. 21:28:08 It's the craziest thing I have ever seen. I tell you it's cost me billions of dollars to be president it really has, and at some point I will probably have to prove that, and I look forward to doing it. It's very easy. It's very easy. (APPLAUSE) And there is nothing that makes me happier than making that decision to run and win and straighten out the mess that these people have created. (APPLAUSE) So in a desperate attempt to attack our movement, Nancy and Chuck, two beauties have given control of the Democrat Party entirely over to the radical left, including Minnesota's own representative Ilhan Omar. (BOOING) 21:29:19 You know I know you people. I know you people. I know the people of Minnesota, and I want to tell you and I also at the same time it is both a question and a statement. How the hell did that ever happen? How did it happen? How did it happen? Congresswoman Omar is an American-hating socialist. She minimized the September 11 attack on our homeland-- (BOOING) Where far more than 3000 people died, saying some people did something. Big deal. Some people did something. (BOOING) 21:30:04 She pleaded for compassion for ISIS recruits right here in Minnesota. Omar laughed that Americans speak of Al Qaeda. Remember that tape? Speak of Al Qaeda but what we say, but when we say something about the United States, you just don't say America with any intensity. Remember that? Representative Omar has a history of launching virulent anti-Semitic (INAUDIBLE) whether you like it or not. She said the U.S. support for Israel is all about the Benjamin's. She said that pro-Israel lawmakers have an allegiance to a foreign country. 21:31:04 Omar wrote that Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them to see the evil doings of Israel and the United States. (BOOING) How do you have such a person representing you in Minnesota? I am very angry at you people right now. She is a disgrace to our country, and she is one of the big reasons that I am going to win, and the Republican Party is going to win Minnesota in 13 months. (APPLAUSE) UNKNOWN: Four more years. Four more years. Four more years. Four more years. Four more years. Four more years. 21:32:16 TRUMP: Thank you very much. So we are honored to have with us today a special guest, a man that really is a terrific talented writer. He knows a great deal about all of those tangled lies of Omar. Mr. Scott Johnson of Power Line. He wrote some stuff I can't believe it. Where Scott? Where is Scott? (APPLAUSE) Thank you, Scott. Thank you, Scott. What a job. Man, do you have her figured out. The only problem is Scott; it is incredible talent, much more talented than most of these people than you heard about. The problem is they never pick it up. 21:33:01 They don't want to pick it up, but we pick it up, Scott, and the people get it, and we thank you for your great reporting. Thank you. Thank you very much. (APPLAUSE) And Scott reported everything about Omar is a fraud, including her name. Scott reports his sources told him that quote Omar's legal husband was Omar's brother and that she had married him for fraudulent purposes. You mean like coming into the United States maybe? (BOOING) And as Scott says, we have seen a plethora of congressional scandals in our history yet we have never seen scandals like Omar's in Congress and nothing gets done about it. I hope, I hope that some of you people are looking. 21:34:06 Because what AOC has gotten away with campaign financing and what I call it AOC plus three, that's what it is and Omar is one of the three, what AOC has gotten away with all of that money that she used for her personal self with campaign finance is worse and nothing happens to them but it happens to you, and it's not fair. (APPLAUSE) The fact is we are in a struggle for the survival of democracy in America. The only message these radical socialists and extremists will understand is a crushing defeat on November 3, 2020. (APPLAUSE) 21:34:57 With your help, we will win back the House. We will keep the Senate, and we will win the White House. (APPLAUSE) And we are thrilled to be joined tonight by some incredible people that have helped me so much, one of your tremendous talented, tough Congressman Tom Emmer. Tom? (APPLAUSE) Also a man you don't want to fight him, and you don't want to play him in hockey because he was tough, he just won not that recently but pretty recently when I was out here campaigning for him and working hard, and it turned out to be an easy race because everyone loves him and respects him, Congressman Pete Stauber. (APPLAUSE) And a man who gets in the trenches and he just doesn't care, he wants to win for the people. He loves you, he loves this state, he loves this country, Jim Hagedorn. (APPLAUSE) 21:36:07 And a great friend of mine with his incredible family he's a friend, he's smart, I guess you would say he's brilliant, his education is incredible, his military career has been incredible then he ran for office and now he is a United States senator from the great state of Arkansas, Senator Tom Cotton. (APPLAUSE) Great guy. And Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka. Paul? Thank you, Paul. Minnesota GOP Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan. She has been incredible. (APPLAUSE) 21:37:09 I said Jennifer, are we going to win in 13 months? She said honestly, sir. I've never seen anything like this, it's going to be easy. Don't ever say that, just assume we are like two points behind, okay? Two points behind. You never ever please always just assume you are a little behind, but we are going to win the state by so much that people are going to be shocked. (APPLAUSE) And plenty of other states, too. (APPLAUSE) You know we had a rally three weeks ago in New Mexico, and New Mexico is a hard state for Republicans, hasn't been won in a long time also, and we had receptivity that was unbelievable. The audience was 40 percent Hispanic where we are doing great. (APPLAUSE) And you know Hispanic they understand borders better than anybody, better than we do. They understand safety, they understand their job, they don't want people taking it away, they don't want crime, they understand it better. That is why we are doing so well. 21:38:17 But we are in New Mexico, and I am telling you that was electric, but honestly all evenings are electric. We haven't had any bad ones. We haven't. (APPLAUSE) They are electric. (APPLAUSE) A woman who headed up the great State of Michigan for me, a state that hadn't been won in a long time by a Republican, whatever reason, but it hadn't been won. I guess we didn't have the right candidates, right? (APPLAUSE) But a woman who would call me constantly. I would say I don't want to talk to her, she's giving me a headache. Sir, if you make one more trip, you are going to win Michigan. I said all right, I make the trip, I go back home. I get a call the next morning. Sir, we need one more. This went over and over and over. 21:39:06 And we ended up winning the state of Michigan. (APPLAUSE) And I said, who the hell was that woman that kept bugging me to go back to Michigan and speak just one more time every week, one more time, sir. And her name is Ronna McDaniel, she is fantastic, and she is the head of the RNC. (APPLAUSE) She is great. And our campaign manager, a man who has really been you know they used to say that crooked Hillary had a very, very sophisticated campaign. After she lost I said I guess it wasn't sophisticated. We had a sophisticated campaign. Nobody knows the world of computers better than this guy, Brad Parscale. (APPLAUSE) 21:40:04 Remember when they used to say it? You know I never got credit, my father used to teach me if you can do it for less and win that's good. He wasn't talking politics. The last thing he is looking down, and he is definitely looking down, not looking up. He was great. He was tough, but he was good, but my father, my father would say if you can do it for less and win, that's a good thing, not a bad thing. If you can build a building for less money than the guy across the street and if it's a nicer building and you can rent for less you're really--that's like a good thing. So in the campaign we spent much less money than crooked Hillary Clinton, much and we won, and we won. (APPLAUSE) We won. 306 to 223 that's a pretty big--remember? Remember they said the Electoral College and by the way when you run if you are running the Electoral College is like the 100-yard dash and the total vote you don't go certain places, you focus, Electoral College we have to explain to them it's different. So we won 306. 21:41:13 Do you remember they used to say one is the 100-yard dash you practice, one is the mile, you practice. It's a different race. Winning the total vote is much easier in my opinion. The Electoral College I had to go to 22 different states. For the total vote, I would go to like for states maximum. Right? Much easier. It's much easier. I am all for it, but the Electoral College is better for our country because it forces you to go places that you wouldn't go. I love Maine, I went to Maine four or five times. I needed one point. Maine gave me one point, and what happened, what happened I went there numerous times. Everyone said, why? Because I was told by these fraudsters back here in the media that Trump--Trump cannot get to 270, he cannot get- 21:42:06 They had me maximum if everything worked, right at 269 so I kept going to Maine and you know what? We won that one point in Maine. (APPLAUSE) But I kept going. They say why. I say well, first of all, it is really a beautiful place, but we won the point, but they said he cannot get to 270, I heard this for months and months I had such a headache almost as bad as listening to Mike's damn commercials about those pillows. Maybe I need one of those pillows to cure my headache. Does it cure headaches? I think so. But--but here is the thing, here is the thing. So they said he cannot get to 270. In other words you can't when you don't get to 270 so you can't win, right? He cannot do it, there is no way of doing it, and they were right, I got to 306. (APPLAUSE) 21:43:06 They were right. But I didn't get to 306, you got to 306. We won incredible states. We won incredible states, we won Wisconsin. We won Michigan, we won Pennsylvania, we won North Carolina, we won South Carolina, we won Florida. (APPLAUSE) What a run. Do you remember the evening that we won? I think look I think it was one of all of us together because we all worked hard. I was the messenger, but we all worked hard, that was our victory not my victory, but that was one of the greatest nights in the history of television. One of the greatest nights. (APPLAUSE) And hopefully it will go down when we are allowed to get all of the stuff seated you know it's like a tree you plant it, you plant it, it has to go, but it needs a little--that is why we need the four more additional years it has to grab on and catch so they can't destroy it, so they can't destroy it. (APPLAUSE) 21:44:18 But I think it will go down and I hope it's going to go down as one of the greatest evenings in the history of this country because it's never happened anything like that before and these guys don't even question it. They just sit back and say I guess he's right about that. I will never forget the night before I was at a tremendous arena. The place was going crazy, it was like this going crazy and two reporters that hate my guts. They looked at themselves, they looked at each other, famous shot, they are looking like this, and they are saying what the hell is going on. They knew, they knew, and I didn't need Beyonce and Jay-Z. (APPLAUSE) 21:45:03 And I didn't need little Bruce Springsteen and all of these people. They got all of these people they would come in because you couldn't get a crowd. They would come in they would sing they got Bruce Springsteen okay? He would do about two songs and leave. What happens is they leave, and then everyone leaves with them, and she is still speaking in front of the same lousy crowd. Craziest thing I have ever seen. And then they complain sometimes I will use a terrible word like hell the other day I used the word hell I got hell from they said he used terrible language. I use the word hell it was so bad. But you have got to hear Jay-Z, the words he was using he was using the f-word all over the place, and then the next day they say I use bad language, the word hell is a terrible word. These people are sick. (APPLAUSE) 21:46:03 That was an amazing evening. I will never forget that evening. It's you know look outside of your family and your children and things--I love you too, darling. (APPLAUSE) It was one of the highest-rated evenings in the history of television, you add up all of those networks. Remember the woman crying? Oh my God. No, they weren't biased at all. Now another very special man who is with us today but he will never be a man to me, he will always be my boy. You know what I mean, right? He is my boy. He is my little 6 foot 6 boy. Eric Trump. (APPLAUSE) And the parents understand that, right? 21:47:02 They may be big and strong and older, and to a parent a child is always their boy or always there little beautiful girl, and I know that is probably politically incorrect. They will say it was terrible what he said about women, terrible. But they are our boy, and they are our girl, and it doesn't matter how old we get and how old they get. Is that a correct statement? (APPLAUSE) And I am also proud to endorse your next Republican senator from Minnesota, a man that I have known, a man that is tough and smart, a man that is running against somebody that has never done a damn thing in the Senate Mr. Jason Lewis. (APPLAUSE) 21:48:09 And Jason did a great job in Congress, Congressman Lewis thank you very much and thank you for putting up with all of this stuff because I will tell you it's going to be nasty. It's going to be nasty. They are going to make up stories about you. They are going to say things that's going to make your wife say why did I marry this guy. Just say don't worry about it, it's just another phony story. Thank you very much, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis. Jason, thank you. (APPLAUSE) And Jason they can't say that the about Tom Cotton. He's too perfect, this guy. They can't say. They can't say it about you, Tom. Anyway good luck, Jason. Do well. (APPLAUSE) 21:48:58 And I don't know why but with all of the great people I just introduced for tonight maybe this is the most important person because I turned on a very good show in the morning Fox and Friends, they treat us great. I just want fair. (APPLAUSE) What a great group. Ainsley and Steve, and by the way Brian has gotten a lot better. Right? (LAUGHTER) Brian was a seven, and he is getting close to 10 territory, and Steve has been so great, and Ainsley is just incredible, and sometimes Pete Hegseth gets on there for the (INAUDIBLE) and how good does Jesse Waters do? How good? (APPLAUSE) Just some really great people and again Tucker has been very good. I have to say he has been good. Smart. He's been great. Tucker and the legendary Sean Hannity. (APPLAUSE) Great. Great. Number one. Number one show. 21:50:06 Sean has got the number one show, and Laura Ingraham who is knocking them out of the park it's true. True. And you go over Maria (INAUDIBLE). (APPLAUSE) And the great Lou Dobbs. How good are they? Lou Dobbs. Lou Dobbs. (APPLAUSE) And many more. Many more. How about Greg? Greg used to hate me. Now he's good. We can't forget--we can't forget Judge Janine. (APPLAUSE) I would be in such trouble if I forgot Judge Janine, and there are many more I just you know look I am just rattling some names of, but they are just terrific people. They are terrific people but a man that I have to really say something very special about so I am watching Fox and friends early in the morning very early in the six like slot because I am out of there pretty good and 21:51:13 I see a handsome young man named Bob Kroll, Cops for Trump. (APPLAUSE) And he's talking about this lousy your they've got now he didn't quite say that, but I said it. He is talking about this lousy mayor that won't let the cops, the police, the law enforcement you know my father always used to say, son he meant it too, never say cops, it's disrespectful say police officer. I said okay, but honestly the truth is with time I love you guys whether you are cops, police officers, law enforcement. I will call you whenever you want. It doesn't matter. You are so great, so respected you don't even know how much our public loves you, you don't know it. You don't know it. (APPLAUSE) You don't know. But I see this guy, and I don't know if he's done a lot of television before, but he was very effective and very good, and he was saying how the police aren't being allowed to take care of this rally and yet with President Obama and Bush and all of these people they were you know fine, fine. Everybody comes they fall asleep at a rally, but they weren't--they weren't allowed to do the job for us, and they went wild. 21:52:40 So what I want to do-- (BOOING) Go home to mommy. (APPLAUSE) Mommy says I saw you on television tonight. I love Trump, don't you ever do that again. Yes, mom. (APPLAUSE) But the job he did before the election I came right here to Minnesota and I pledge to address this really important issue, and it's the issue of law enforcement, and when I saw this man, this great gentleman on television pouring out his guts, pouring out his heart I don't know him. He knows I have been good to law enforcement. He knows I have been good to as my father would say the police. He knows I love the cops. He knows that, and so does everyone else I mean so many shirts, so many red shirts, and there are plenty of people here without the red shirts, and I want to just tell you the respect that we have for law enforcement is unbound. It is unbound. 21:54:05 Come up here. Bob, come up. (APPLAUSE) UNKNOWN: What can I say after that? Tune in Fox 10:15 tonight Shannon(SP) (INAUDIBLE) they asked us on. (APPLAUSE) How can you thank this guy for everything he's done for law enforcement? Wonderful president. (APPLAUSE) 21:55:41 TRUMP: Thank you very much. Thank you. Great people. Thank you. What a group. I think your very weak mayor made a mistake when he took them on. (APPLAUSE) As you know, for many years, leaders in Washington brought large numbers of refugees to your state from Somalia-- (BOOING) --without considering the impact on schools and communities and taxpayers. I promise you that as president I would give local communities a greater say in refugee policy and put in place enhanced vetting and responsible immigration controls. (APPLAUSE) And I have done that. Since coming into office, I have reduced refugee resettlement by 85 percent. (APPLAUSE) And as you know, maybe especially in Minnesota I kept another promise. I issued an executive action making clear that no refugees will be resettled in any city or in the state without the express written consent of that city or that state. So speak to your mayor. (APPLAUSE) 21:57:28 You should be able to decide what is best for your own cities and for your own neighborhoods, and that is what you have the right to do right now and believe me no other president would be doing that. (APPLAUSE) If Democrats were ever to seize power, they would open the floodgates to unvetted, uncontrolled migration at levels you have never seen before. You think you have it bad now you would never have seen anything like what they want to do, but in the Trump administration we will always protect American families first, and that has not been done in Minnesota. (APPLAUSE) We have also implemented the strongest screening and vetting mechanisms ever put into place. We are keeping terrorists, criminals and extremist the hell out of our country. (APPLAUSE) 21:58:35 And I want to thank the country of Mexico, the president of Mexico has been incredible. We have now 27,000 Mexican soldiers. They are great, and they are tough, and they are now protecting our borders, and those numbers have gone down (INAUDIBLE). (APPLAUSE) Thank you, Mr. President. We will not make the mistakes made in European countries that allow a violent ideology to take root in our country on our shores. We are not going to allow it to happen. (APPLAUSE) And as you all know to protect our citizens from those who would do harm to us. 21:59:31 I instituted a very controversial, very hard to get travel ban on some of the world's most dangerous countries. (APPLAUSE) And the other day one of the fake news reporters in the back said they were talking about the travel ban and they said well you know the president has lost in court. They said where? On their travel ban and he is right, I lost, and then I lost at the Appellate Division, and then I won at the United States Supreme Court. (APPLAUSE) Right? And he knew that, but he said I lost and he was right I lost, and then I lost again, but then I want, and we have the travel ban. 22:00:33 But instead of saying he lost and then he lost at appellate, and he won at the United States Supreme Court he said he lost in the travel ban. These are very dishonest people. Do you understand that? Very dishonest. (BOOING) In the Republican Party, we believe that those who seek to join our society must embrace our values, honor our history and love our people. (APPLAUSE) Democrats also support deadly sanctuary cities which release dangerous criminal aliens into the heart of your communities, and we are not letting it happen anymore. (APPLAUSE) Republicans believe American cities should be sanctuaries for Americans, not for criminal aliens. (APPLAUSE) My administration is taking historic action to secure the borders. We have reduced the legal border crossings by over 60 percent since May, and we are building the wall faster than anyone ever anticipated it could be built. (APPLAUSE) 22:02:01 This is a serious wall, you have all seen it. It is going up rapidly, and you think that was easy? I had every Democrat in Congress fighting me, fighting me, fighting me. I had a lot of the rhinos(SP) fighting me. They said see, he's not getting it built? He's not getting-- Let me tell you have every Democrat fighting you. We took it from here, and we took it from there, and we took it from all over the place, and we got that thing that is the biggest patchwork of financing you have ever seen, and that sucker is going up, and it is the finest, it is the strongest. It is largely 30 feet tall which is the maximum height that they wanted. (APPLAUSE) UNKNOWN: Build that wall. Build that wall. TRUMP: I went to the Border Patrol, and I sat down with 15 representatives of the Border Patrol, and I said what do you want, what is your ideal? I actually said I want to give you the Rolls-Royce, and they killed me for that. That I said it's not an American made product that they happened to be right. 22:03:05 No, they are right about that one, they are actually right there, Tom. But I said I want to give you the Rolls-Royce of walls. Tell me, and they told me everything, and then we built some alternative walls. We build all different types. We built about seven of them, and then we had climbers come in. The one that worked the best was the one we are building. It also, unfortunately, the bad news it is also the most expensive, but we got it for the right price. (APPLAUSE) We got it for the right price. It is steel, it is hardened concrete, it is deep, it is high. It is a thing of beauty. (APPLAUSE) And it's going to keep bad people out of our country, that is what it's going to do. 22:03:58 And the Democrats know this. Most of the Democrats four years ago they wanted a wall now all of the sudden they don't want a wall. Do you know why they don't want a wall because I want it? That is the only reason. And I just thought of it you know like a year ago I said man this could have been so much easier. All I had to do was say we don't want a wall, and they would have given me all of the financing I wanted for the wall. What was I thinking? We are not going to build a wall, and they would have forced me to build it. Under this administration, we are also ending the endless wars we have to do it, folks. We have to do it. (APPLAUSE) We have totally defeated the ISIS caliphate, and I did that in rather quick time if you remember because we have the greatest fighting machine now when I came in, it was totally depleted; we have great generals, we have great warfighters and they did it so fast. I flew to Iraq. I met with the general's, right? I met with the generals. 22:05:08 I said I hear it's going to take a year to two years. Sir, we could do it in two weeks. I said what? They don't let us fight, sir, they don't let us fight. We want to fight; they don't let us fight. I said I'd let you fight. (LAUGHTER) I said how come if they say it's going to take anywhere from a year to two years you say you can do it so quickly? He said sir we are going to hit them from the front; we are going to hit them from the back. We are going to get them from the sides, from underground, from over ground we are going to hit the hell out of them and we they did, and we won very quickly. (APPLAUSE) But from now on, we want to fight where it is to the benefit of the United States of America, not to the benefit of other countries, and we will only fight to win. We are only going to fight to win. 22:06:02 We don't fight to win. We don't fight to win. The Turks have been fighting with the Kurds for two centuries, and Turkey, as you know, is a NATO ally, but I have been rough on them. We have defeated 100 percent of that ISIS caliphate and no longer have any troops in the area. We don't have any troops. The troops have been pulled out where Turkey is carrying out now a very tough campaign against the Kurds. Get them out. (BOOING) So Turkey is right now waging a very tough campaign against the Kurds. We get along with the Kurds, and we help the Kurds, and don't forget they are also fighting for their land; you know that. 22:07:02 But they are fighting. So we have three choices. You ready? Here are the three choices we don't have any soldiers there because we left, we won, we left. Take a victory United States. We left. Take a victory. Take a victory. (APPLAUSE) Bring our troops back home. I told this story yesterday. I have to sign letters. 22:08:12 It is the hardest thing I have to do to sign letters dear Mr. and Mrs. Smith from Arkansas, dear Mr. and Mrs. Jones from Alabama. Dear Mr. and Mrs., somebody from some great state. I am sorry to inform you your son has been killed in combat. I'm so sorry, and every letter is individually done because sometimes the parents they are grieving, and they get together with other parents, and they get, and I don't want to see that it is like the same letter. So we do different letters. It is the hardest thing I have to do. Hardest thing. (APPLAUSE) It is the hardest thing I have, and I was telling Tom Cotton it is the hardest thing that I have to do, and I sign those letters, and it just breaks your heart and then, by the way, there is a time to fight. Nobody fights harder than I do, but there's a time, and there's not necessarily a time. But I sin these letters out quite a few, and sometimes I send letters out it's called Blue on Green where we are teaching people how to fight, and then they turn the gun on our soldiers and shoot them in the back and that is the hardest thing for a parent. I have all of them. I know everyone. That is the hardest thing for a parent when they get notification because they learn how their child has died. When the so-called people that we are teaching how to fight turned the gun on them and shoot we have had a lot of that, a lot of it in Afghanistan, more than we have ever had proportionately before it is a horrible, horrible thing but I have to sign these letters, and sometimes I go out to a place, Dover Air Force Base it's a very tough experience. Mike Pence goes, I go, other people go, Tom Cotton goes. We go out there, and we meet the parents and the families, the wives, the children, the sisters, the brothers we meet them, and we talk to them, and their son or daughter is being flown in from some faraway place in a coffin, and these things are just impossible. I don't know how parents can do it even, and I will meet them, and we have a particular colonel that is all he does so good, so professional, and that is what he does. He said I greet the dead, sir. 22:09:51 I greet the dead, and what happens is this big incredible machine flies in, this tremendous cargo plane, and it flies in so powerful, so big and I will be talking to some of the parents, and they will act like they are fine. I say how are you doing? We are fine, sir. We are fine. We are really good. I say that's great and I will tell the colonel I will say colonel I think they are doing great. No, sir, they are not going to do great you will see and I didn't know what he was talking about this is the first time and then we went outside to the runway and this incredible machine is flying in, and it lands, and it comes over and it pulls up and we have military guards, we have incredibly talented musicians that do this, that is what they do and what happens is that door opens up, and the colonel told me he said sir, when that door opens up those same people that you think are okay do things that you will never see. You will hear sounds like you have never heard. That is what he does. 22:10:59 And I saw that door open the with a coffin with a flag over it. The door was open, and these beautiful soldiers, 5 or 6 on each side lifting the coffin and walking down the runway, the plank they call it off of this cargo plane, and I see parents make sounds that were just 20 minutes ago absolutely fine, make sounds scream and cry like you have never seen before. The colonel was telling me that sir you will see things that you have never seen before, a mother who was fine 20 minutes ago you think breaking the military line and jumping off and then jumping onto a coffin of her son or her daughter, jumping on top of the flowers on top of the American flag. I have seen this, and then I have all of these people that want to stay. They want to stay, and I don't want to stay. 22:11:59 We were supposed to be in Syria for 30 days. We have now been there for 10 years. We were supposed to be in Afghanistan for a short period of time. We are now going to be there for close to 19 years. It is time to bring them home. It's time to bring them home. (APPLAUSE) It's true. Time to bring them home. (APPLAUSE) We have done our job. We have defeated everyone that we are supposed to defeat and now we are, we are policing, we are now policing that is what we are doing, we are policing and that as I said no more respect for the police but these are military people, and those are police, but we are now policing we are not fighting, we are policing, and you know what? After all of these years and one other story and I have to tell you I go to Walter Reed on Friday, and I do it quite often. I gave out five purple hearts, and I meet people that are so beautiful, so amazing. 22:13:18 I met five warriors, and one was so badly hurt with the loss of arms and a leg, another one they are just very, very devastated, but these are great, great people and I gave out the Purple Heart, and I see the parents and I have to say Walter Reed I want to just say the doctors there, the job they do you know you hear so many complaints about doctors and about the vets and the vets care, and nobody has done better we've got Choice for the vets, we have done things for the vets that nobody thought would be possible. (APPLAUSE) 22:14:01 But I saw these young men, and I gave them their purple hearts, and their parents were there crying, and one of them was so amazing I said what your problem? Sir, my face was blown apart. My nose was absolutely just blown apart. He said sir, it's incredible and I looked at him I said that's the most beautiful nose I have ever seen, what do you mean? He said a doctor worked on my face for 10 hours in the field. He said there were 1000 fragments. Now I don't know if that is right well, a lot, he meant a lot he said there were 1000 fragments he rebuilt my nose with glue. He glued the bones together, he rebuilt my nose. I said you have the most beautiful nose I have ever seen, and it's true, and his father came over to me; he said sir--father was crying, he said sir honestly my son looks better now. (LAUGHTER) 22:15:00 He said my son did not have a good-looking nose now look at it, it's beautiful. It's beautiful. But these doctors at Walter Reed and these Army and Marine and medical doctors they are unbelievably great people, and they see sights that you and I hopefully will never see. They see things that nobody will ever see, and there is nobody like them, and I have to give a shout out to those people. There is nobody like them. (APPLAUSE) So in the case of Turkey and Syria and the Kurds we could send in 1000 troops for a military conflict with Turkey. UNKNOWN: (INAUDIBLE) TRUMP: No, you don't want to do that. We could hit Turkey very hard financially, or we could mediate a deal between Turkey and the Kurds, I like that. You know let's mediate a deal. (APPLAUSE) 22:16:00 But remember they have been fighting each other for hundreds of years and we were artificially put there or in this case by President Obama. So we did our job we knocked out and I will tell you another thing. We have to be treated fairly. We have to be treated fairly. We are not treated fairly by other nations. We captured many, many ISIS fighters. Most of them came from Europe, they came from Germany, they came from France, they came from all of these countries, and we called them--I would call them myself in many cases. I said take your fighters. They said we don't want them you take them. I said no, no, no. We did you a big favor. They are citizens of Germany, they are citizens of France, they are citizens of these various countries in Europe. Take your fighters. We don't want them, sir. We don't want them. And I said how unfair are we treated? We do them a great favor, and they won't take their fighters. So we are doing some things that are pretty amazing and every once in a while you have to change course and do what you have to do. The United States has spent $8 trillion in the Middle East. We have lost thousands of brave soldiers and tens of thousands of terribly wounded people. Great people. Their lives will never be the same. 22:17:20 These wars produced only chaos and bloodshed, and all of the blood and treasure we sacrificed made the Middle East less--it's really less safe, it's less stable and is less secure, and I say it all of the time. The single greatest mistake our country made in its history was going into the quicksand of the Middle East. We spent $8 trillion in lost thousands of lives them by the way the other side we can talk about that, lost millions of lives. What did we do? So we are going to pull them out, and we are pulling people out and we are trying to make good deals, and we are going to bring our soldiers back home, and we may need them for something else, and they will be ready. Previous administrations lust for regime change and also put historic Christian communities in vastly more danger than they were before we started. 22:18:27 They are some of the biggest victims of these power vacuums and reckless foreign adventures the Christians, the Christians and we work hard with the Christians. We have tremendous evangelical support. We work hard (INAUDIBLE). (APPLAUSE) So we are slowly getting out of the Middle East, doing it carefully, and we are rebuilding our military like we have never rebuilt our military before. (APPLAUSE) When I came into office, a very prominent general told me because it looked like we could have a big conflict with someone. Said sir, we have no ammunition. We had old planes, we had planes that were so old they didn't fly. We had people going to the desert the plane graveyards, airplane graveyards picking up parts. I would never want to hear a president of the United States hear those words again. I never want to have a president hear the word, sir, we have no ammunition. Think of it. Think of that. Now thanks to more than $2.5 trillion worth of investment in our military, we have more ammunition, more missiles, more rockets, more tanks, more fighter jets, and more of everything else than we have ever had before. (APPLAUSE) 22:19:59 And we have no choice. You look around the world the way have no choice, unfortunately and the Democrats want to dismantle our military. After years of building up other countries we are finally building up our country. That is what we have to do. (APPLAUSE) We are replacing the disaster known as NAFTA with the brand-new U.S.-Mexico Canada Agreement USMCA, a giant victory for our farmers, ranchers, workers in Minnesota. Congress should pass USMCA immediately; we hope that Nancy Pelosi can start thinking about passing some legislation instead of thinking about nonsense. (APPLAUSE) And to protect our industrial backbone, I placed tariffs on foreign aluminum and foreign steel, and I am also fighting back against years of chronic trade abuse from China, and the supply chain of China, which was unbreakable is now breaking wide open. (APPLAUSE) And they understand that. And I don't blame China for what has taken place over the past last 25 years. I blame the people that led our country that let that happen, where hundreds of billion dollars a year was taken from our country to build China. (APPLAUSE) 22:21:36 It is not China's fault. In the previous administration they have put our nation's natural resources under lock and key, including thousands and thousands of acres at a place called Superior National Forest. Last year our travel to Duluth and announced that we would be ending this injustice, reopening Superior National Forest and restoring mineral exploration for the iron ore mines of Minnesota. Tremendous jobs. (APPLAUSE) And now the iron range is back in business. And the last time I was here, a man came up to me said sir, President Obama took our heart away, took our life away I'll never forget it a man strong guy had tears in his eyes he said you gave us back our life because they took it away from him. We gave it back. (APPLAUSE) Best iron ore there is anywhere. My administration is also fighting the Democrats' socialist healthcare agenda that would obliterate Medicare, Republicans will protect Medicare, and we will always protect patients with pre-existing conditions. (APPLAUSE) 22:23:07 And for those of you that have private healthcare, health insurance 180 million people they are going to end it, obliterate it, and most people are thrilled with it. We are going to leave it. You're going to have your plan the way you want it, and there is no plan like (INAUDIBLE). (APPLAUSE) Virtually every top Democrat also now supports late-term abortion ripping babies straight from the mother's womb right up to the moment of birth. (BOOING) And that is why I have asked Congress to prohibit extreme late-term abortion because Republicans believe that every child is a sacred gift from God. (APPLAUSE) 22:24:03 Democrats are now the party of high taxes, high crime, open borders, late-term abortion, socialism, and blatant Washington corruption. The Republican party is the party of the American worker, the American family and it is the party of the American dream. (APPLAUSE) For years you watched as your politicians apologized for America. You remember that? Gee, I'm sorry, I'm so sorry. Now you have a president who is standing up for America. We are standing up for Minneapolis, and we are standing up for the great State of Minnesota. (APPLAUSE) 22:25:02 We begin this political campaign with the best record, the best results, the best agenda, and the only positive vision for America. We begin this campaign with right now almost 3 years of perhaps the most successful administration in the history of our country. (APPLAUSE) Together we will help millions more citizens from welfare to work, from dependence to independence and from poverty to prosperity. (APPLAUSE) With your help, we will re-elect, and we will elect a Republican Congress to create a safe modern fair and lawful system of integration. (APPLAUSE) 22:26:01 We will enact trade deals that ensure more products are proudly stamped with that beautiful phrase made in the USA. (APPLAUSE) We will achieve new breakthroughs in science and medicine finding new cures for childhood cancer and ending the AIDS epidemic in the America within 10 years. Nobody thought that could be done. It is going to be done. We will defend privacy, free speech, free assembly, religious liberty and the right to keep and bear arms. (APPLAUSE) And above all, we will never stop fighting for the values that bind us together as one America. 22:27:01 We support, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. (APPLAUSE) We stand with the incredible heroes of law enforcement. (APPLAUSE) We believe in the dignity of work and the sanctity of life. (APPLAUSE) We believe that children should be taught to love our country, honor our history, and always respect our great American flag. (APPLAUSE) And we live by the words of our great national motto, in God we trust. (APPLAUSE) 22:27:58 We stand on the shoulders of the American patriots who built th